Pictures of Boot
Boot is one of Lakeland's precious jewels, a charming stone village surrounded by towering scenery which includes two of the regions most scenic waterfalls, the Dalegarth Force and Birker Force.
The region is known for its long association with milling which began in these parts as far back as the 12th century. A pack-horse bridge of the 17th century leads to Eskdale Mill of 1578. Much of this mill remains in working order, it is unusual in that it is a two-wheeled watermill which at one time provided water for the whole valley. The mill contains an exhibition of milling, allowing visitors to see how the ancient wooden machinery worked.
A favourite visit in the region is the church dedicated to St.Catherine. Standing in a lovely location beside the River Esk this 12th century church is a traditional barn-style chapel of the type often found in the wilderness parts of Lakeland. Interesting features are the stained glass windows and the old font decorated with marigold designs.
Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain looms over the village, beyond in a northerly direction lies the wilderness Burn Moor, an unpopulated area where relics of the Stone-Age including 3,000 year old circles have been identified. Even more remote, lying at 2,490 ft is Esk Hause where amidst the fells a tiny spring bursts forth giving life to the River Esk which meanders its way through idyllic misty scenery down through Eskdale to flow through Boot.
Another building with a strong appeal to fell walkers is the village inn, the 300 year old Woolpack. This offers traditional Lakeland hospitality, choice ales and tasty food. In fine weather, tourists take advantage of the pretty garden area where there are picnic tables.
A short distance from the village there is an Outward Bound School for Mountaineering, this offers courses for enthusiasts and overnight accommodation for walkers and climbers. The house was built in 1896, it is a typical Lakeland country house with an enchanting garden from which there are fine views in all directions.
The Eskdale Show, staged in September at Brotherilkeld Farm, is famous all over the county for its fell racing, hound trailing, sheep displays, and its hound and terrier show. For any visitor to the area the show makes a great day out, there is a host of other country activities and stalls with country clothing, hand carved walking sticks and all manner of things to do with country pursuits.
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