Boots & Beer Walking Weekender Boot, Eskdale, Lake District
With Mark Reid, author of The Inn Way guidebooks & Mountain Leader
Boot lies in the heart of Eskdale in the remote and beautiful western Lake District, with fells and mountains all around including Harter Fell and Scafell. Boot’s unusual name is derived from the Old English word meaning ‘bend in the valley’. Eskdale differs from the other main Lakeland valleys because it does not have a lake and also its underlying rocks are formed from pink granite. The village itself is famed for its 16th Century corn mill, one of the oldest in the country, and the ‘La’al Ratty’ narrow-gauge railway, originally built in 1875 as a mineral railway and now a popular heritage railway.
The Boot Inn stands in the heart of the village, a traditional Lakeland inn that dates back 400 years.
Mark Reid has written two books about the Lake District, including The Inn Way… to the English Lake District, (Sunday Times ‘travel book of the week’), and so knows the surrounding mountains extremely well.
Walking Weekender based from: Boot Inn, Eskdale
When booking accommodation, please mention the Walking Weekend as the rooms have been reserved for us.
Friday evening (9pm) – Meet at the Boot Inn for our ‘icebreaker’ pub evening, where you can relax, socialise and meet your fellow walkers, choose your level of walk for Saturday and Sunday. Friday and/or Saturday evening meals will be pre-ordered before the weekend. These meals are optional and are not included in the price.
Arriving early on Friday? Your guides will be eating at the pub at 7:30pm on Friday evening – you are most welcome to join us for a meal; just let us know so we can add you to our table.
Saturday evening (7:45pm) – Meal at Boot Inn (optional), followed by a fantastic Pub Quiz Night with Mark Reid as your quizmaster! Prizes for the winning team.
There will be a choice of three guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, with Mark Reid, Graeme Tiffany and Richard Tarran (Mountain Leaders who have exceptional local knowledge). The precise routes will be determined just before the weekend, taking into consideration weather conditions etc. You will be able to sign up for your chosen walk at the Friday evening ‘icebreaker’, where you will also be able to discuss the walks with Mark Reid.
Saturday (9:30am) – choice of adventurous (mountain), moderate (fell) or leisurely (valley & lower slopes) walks, with routes across the mountains, fells and dales. The mountain and fell routes may take in Scafell, Crinkle Crags, Hard Knott (Roman Fort), Whin Rigg or Harter Fell, whilst the lower level routes may take in Ulpha Fell, Burnmoor Tarn, Miterdale, Stanley Force (waterfall) and Devoke Water. Return back to the pub late afternoon to recount your day’s adventures.
Sunday (10am) – choice of adventurous, moderate or leisurely walks, with lower level valley and fell routes. Return back to the pub mid afternoon for a final drink before bidding fond farewells… until the next Walking Weekender!
Choice of walks: We usually offer a choice of adventurous, moderate or leisurely walks on both days. Saturday is a ‘full day’ from 9:30am until 5pm, whilst Sunday is a ‘half day’ from 10am until around 3pm. We will either split into two or three groups from the start, or we may walk as one group during the morning and then offer ‘longer’ or ‘shorter’ routes after lunch.
Boot facilities & accommodation
How to get to Boot
Boot is situated in the heart of Eskdale in the western Lake District, with minor ‘C’ roads leading to the village. From the east, the 1-in-3 hairpin roads of Wrynose and Hardknott Passes twist their way over the fells to the village, although easier roads leave the A595 coastal road at Ravenglass to reach the village from the west. The nearest train station is Ravenglass, from where you can catch the ‘La’al Ratty’ train to Boot!
Boot is a lovely village with three pubs (Boot Inn, Brook House Inn, Woolpack Inn), B&Bs, Youth Hostel, campsite, shop and railway station (La’al Ratty).
Boot offers a range of accommodation, including…
Brook House Inn
Woolpack Inn (1 mile from Boot)
Various B&Bs (Eskdale Website)
Eskdale Youth Hostel (1.25 miles from Boot)
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England; he also has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster. Mark Reid has walked over 21,000 miles of footpaths over the past 23 years, and has taken over 11,000 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
Experience & fitness
- No walking experience required. Full guidance will be given.A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times. All walks may include uneven ground, rough and rocky terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, moorland, hills, fells, mountains, pathless hillsides, paths and tracks, lanes and country roads as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions. A typical Lakeland walk!
- We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats. Please provide boots.
- We are fully qualified, insured and first aid trained Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 11,000 people walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our full Terms and Conditions can be found here
* The choice of walks is dependent upon there being more than 10 participants taking part in the weekend; if there are less than 10 participants then there will be one walk per day (full day’s walk on Saturday and shorter walk on Sunday, finishing mid afternoon).