Woodend is set on a fell and there is walking in all directions from the door. The Eskdale and Duddon valleys are 3 miles either side and you can walk to them from here or take your car.
Scafell Pike is 8 miles away (as the crow flies) and Woodend is about 10 miles from Wasdale Head which is a popular place for starting a walk to Scafell Pike.
If you intend to do some "serious" walking, especially on the higher area during the winter months and in bad weather, please ensure that you are fully aquainted with a knowledge of fell walking as people who aren’t used to this terrain can very easily get caught out when the weather turns against them.
Both the villages of Ulpha and Eskdale have post offices with limited provisions.
Gosforth, approximately 10 miles towards Whitehaven, has a small supermarket with most things that you would need.
Broughton-in-Furness, approximately 8 miles away has a very good quality shop, butchers, bakery and post office, although rather expensive for your general shopping.
The larger stores are situated in Barrow-in-Furness and Whitehaven both about 25 miles away.
Why not get an online delivery when you arrive.
Believe it or not, although we are remote, Tesco and Asda deliver out here from Barrow-in-Furness, some 25 miles.
Rather than load your car up with all your provisions as well as your belongings, why not let Tesco or Asda bring it to your door after your arrival. The maximum charge for a weekend delivery is around £6 but is surely worth it. It'll cost you that in fuel to get to Barrow or Whitehaven! We suggest that you opt for the very last Saturday delivery slot or preferably for a delivery on the Sunday morning in case you arrive late.
The nearest pub is the King George IV down the hill towards Eskdale approximately 3.5 miles away.
However, within another two miles from there, in the Eskdale Valley, are three more good quality hostelries and there is one in the Duddon Valley about 6 miles away.
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We welcome dogs, (up to 3 if they aren't too big), and bearing in mind that we don't make a charge, we would like to bring your attention to the following:
Pets are not allowed on the beds or the sofa.
You as the owner take responsibility for the additional cleaning and sweeping of the living areas that may result at the end of your stay. i.e. fouling, chewing and especially moulting!
Because there may be several dogs holidaying here at one time, the working dogs from the farm can be nosey and sometimes roam up here, so please ensure that your dog is kept under control.
Please keep dogs on leads if you think they are prone to chasing sheep. Especially during the lambing season.
If you wish to wash your dog there are numerous hosepipes arond the carparking areas.
Please DO NOT wash your dog in the bath or shower tray as this is acrylic and will scratch.
There is a small dustbin in the recycling area for “doggy waste bags”
Being 1000' above sea level, we can have snow anytime between November and even May! Most of the time, if we have any, it is just a gentle sprinkling and doesn't affect access to the cottages.
Perhaps once a year, anytime between mid-December and February, the road may be blocked for up to a day, but if you are at Woodend then it doesn't affect you and if you are travelling that day then we can always get you and your belongings to your cottage.
On the rare occasions (less than once a year), that it is going to restrict access on your day of arrival, then we will always try to contact you on the day, or the day before, to keep you up to date with the weather conditions.
It isn't worth planning your holiday around the fact that it might snow as that would remove about five months of the year from possible holiday times.
The Buttery is the accomodation that we use for shorter breaks throughout the year. Generally we can accept any number of nights (minimum two) and any start day.
The Bothy, Schoolhouse and Cottage are generally only 7 night stays from early March through to November but we do allow shorter breaks in the periods outside of this.
The minimum period of stay is two nights.
If you want to stay for a weekend or mid week, please fill in an enquiry form or ring us on 019467 23277
There is no mobile reception at Woodend.
There are areas of reception along the Fell road between Ulpha and Woodend (about 2 miles away) and much of Eskdale.
There are public telephones at Boot and Ulpha.
You are welcome to use the phone in the Barn if you come and ask.
All bedding and towels are provided.
The quilts are feather based so if you have an allergy then please let us know in advance. If we can't provide an adequate quilt for you then we may ask you to bring your own and we will supply the covers.
Some of the cushions have feather filling.