MIDDLE ROW COTTAGE
Row Head Farm with Middle Row Cottage is the last
farm at the top of Wasdale before the road runs out. The farm, owned
by the National Trust, is a traditional working farm with a flock
of Herdwick sheep. The cottage was once a farm workers cottage and
has recently been renovated and modernised to make it a warm and
comfortable place to stay for up to six people.
itself is a valley of extremes. It boasts England's deepest lake
(Wastwater), highest mountain (Scafell), smallest church (St Olaf's)
and the world’s
biggest liar competition (each November, in the Santon Bridge
Inn). It is the birthplace of British climbing, with excellent climbs
of all grades, and a playground for local diving clubs. Local rumour
has it that each club has a collection of gnomes on the lake bed,
one of whom has a noose around his neck as a result of club rivalry.
Wasdale: Voted "Britain's Favourite View" in 2007
by the public
on Gryff Rhys Jones’s The Best View in Britain, on ITV
For more gentle exercise, there are hundreds of walks
right from the door of the holiday cottage. Wastwater Lake is a
couple of miles away, or you can go high up on the fells and mountains.
There are many good swimming and picnic spots on the shores of the
There are three pubs in the valley - Wasdale
Head Inn is almost next door to the cottage, the
Screes & the Strands face each other at the other end of
the valley on the way to Gosforth
village, where you will find shops selling groceries, fresh
fruit and vegetables, food to go, alcohol and newspapers.
is another lovely valley, only 15 minutes drive away, with hundreds
of river and mountain walks. It also houses a terminus for the Ravenglass
and Eskdale Steam Railway - a popular miniature railway that
travels seven scenic miles to the coastal fishing village of Ravenglass.
Castle, Gardens and Owl Centre is also 15 minutes away and has
lots going on all year round, especially for children.
click here for internal photos of the cottage
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