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Steam Train to Eskdale & back – 12km Walk, Wild Swim & Film

This is a lovely route, travelling up into the Eskdale Valley from the coast by steam train, and back over the fells by foot. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me, I think it would be very tough to find your way without it. First, here’s a short film that I made during the train ride and trek. I set off from the Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning Club campsite where I was staying for a week and headed down the footpath to the village train…

Harter Fell – 10km Walk Guide

This was a 4 hour walk for me, to the east of Eskdale. It would have been longer but the weather closed in badly and it was wiser to turn back than attempt Harter Fell summit. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map; it was a tough walk to navigate even with the map, without it it’ll be…

Illgill Head – 12km Walk & Wild Swim

This is a 6 hour walk or run across the fell to the north of Eskdale, offering great views of Wastwater, some stone circles and the chance to swim. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map; I think it might be very frustrating to try to find your way without it. You start the walk at Eskdale Campsite…

Birker Fell and Devoke Water – 10km Walk & Wild Swim

This is a 4 or 5 hour walk or run across the low fell to the south of Eskdale, offering quiet scenery and the chance to swim. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map; I think it might be frustrating to try to find your way without it. You start the walk at Eskdale Campsite itself. Walk down…

Stanley Force – 7km Walk and Wild Swim

This was a 4 hour walk around the central area of the Eskdale valley, taking in one of the Lake District’s most beautiful waterfalls and 2 places for decent wild swims. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map. You start the walk at Eskdale Campsite itself. Walk down the road towards Brook House pub, take the left turn…

Sca Fell – 16km Walk and Wild Swim

This is a walk up England’s 2nd highest mountain, with 3 swims thrown in for fun. I’ve seen some fell runners jogging it though, so if you fancy a hilly run, it’s possible. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me, I think it would be very tough to find your way without it. The signage en route is non existant once you leave the Eskdale valley. First, here’s a short film that I made during the trek. I set off from…

Sca Fell Pike – 18km Walk and Wild Swim

This is a walk up England’s highest mountain, with 2 or 3 wild swims thrown in for fun. I’ve seen fell runners jogging it, so if you fancy a hilly run, it’s possible. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me, I think it would be very tough to find your way without it. The signage en route is non existant once you leave the Eskdale valley. First, here’s a short film that I made during the trek. I set off from…

Wild Swimming Films

During the Spring and Summer of 2012 we took a few month out to explore the Lake District, England’s Number One visitor destination. Most days we tried to swim in some of the 80 tarns, rivers or lakes there. Check out the 5 films below, each of which shows swimming opportunities in different parts of the district. We swam in all of the following during the months of May and June. At other times of the year, my advice may not be relevant, due to weather conditions. Lake Windermere, Wastwater,…

Eskdale CCC Campsite, Cumbria, England

We stayed at the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Eskdale Campsite for 7 nights whilst we hiked up England’s 2 highest peaks, Sca Fell and Sca Fell Pike, and swam in many of the local tarns and rivers. Before we go into details, here’s a short film that I made on arriving at the Campsite. It’s not meant to be a glossy film showing the site at it’s best, just an honest first impression on what the average visitor might encounter on arrival in the campsite. Location The Eskdale Campsite is…