Eskdale, England

Tonight, I am reporting on Eskdale in Cumbria, N.W. England.

The name translates as 'valley of the river Esk' with the 'dale' element dating from Norwegian settlers of the first millennium.

Eskdale is a glacial valley in England's Lake District National Park which is located about 55 miles SW of Carlisle.

Key attractions are the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and Muncaster Castle.There is also the Roman fort situated on the remote Hardknott Pass from which vantage point the above video clip was taken.

Muncaster Castle

 Video clip of drive along the Hardknott Pass

 The famous walking guide, Wainwright,describes Eskdale as "One of the loveliest of Lakeland's valleys, descends from the highest and wildest mountains in the district to the Sands of Ravenglass in a swift transition from bleak and craggy ridges to verdant woodlands and pastures watered by a charming river." Upper Eskdale is a remote wilderness surrounded by Sca Fell, Scafell Pike, Esk Pike, Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags.The Woolpack Walk takes in this classic horseshoe.


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