Todd and Gunn at Hallflat Farm, Wasdale are perfectly situated to enjoy all the delights the Lake District has to offer and are within easy reach of fells, lakes, rivers, towns and the coast.
Many spectacular walks can be taken right from our front doors – The Wasdale/Eskdale valley is home to many great hill hikes, including Irton fell (where you can watch the sunset over Wastwater and look down at the cottages in the distance), Blea tarn and Burnmoor tarn, Wasdale head, Great Gable and Scafell and Scafell pike. Or you can stay in the many forests around the valley floor including the lovely walk to the waterfalls in Miterdale forest.
Only a few miles from Todd and Gunn is Wastwater lake. It is England’s deepest lake. There are plenty of places to picnic or to swim. You are also permitted to use kayaks, canoes and rowing boats.
There is excellent fishing on the river Irt which is right by Todd and Gunn cottages, running through Santon Bridge. It is the Gosforth Angling Association which issues permits to fish by Todd and Gunn. The best fishing is from June to October when migratory fish are in the river.
The Gosforth Angling Association can issue a five day (Monday – Friday ) permit for visitors staying in the Gosforth area. These are available from the secretary, Mr Graham Thomas in Gosforth. Contact 01946 725367 for more details.
There are many bridleways around the area where you can cycle, including some steep rides through Styhead Pass and Blacksail Pass.
La’al Ratty narrow gauge steam engines, travel up and down the valley in high season and are a great way to explore. Hop on at ‘The Green’ station, steam up the valley to Beckfoot and then ascend on foot to Burnmoor Tarn or the spectacular waterfall at Stanley Ghyll. Or ride the tracks down the valley to Ravenglass sea port and explore the ancient Bath House or stroll along the sea front.
There are also great days out to be had at Muncaster Castle and Gardens, where you will find the Owl Sanctuary, birds of prey centre and everything from farmers markets to archery events!
The great Alfred Wainwright described Eskdale and its surrounding areas as:
Praise indeed and we think he was absolutely right!