Whether you are staying with us to participate in a course or you are visiting us for a retreat, we are sure you will be as awe-inspired at the beauty of the surroundings as we are. We are also happy to point you in the direction of our favourite spots.
We have teamed up with our local community to provide accommodation with a range of facilities and comfort level to meet your needs. All of these sites are set in uniquely beautiful locations within the Duddon Valley.
1. The Farmhouse
Situated only a short 2 minute walk away is a lovely renovated farmhouse with 6 bedrooms, 2 lounges and 3 bathrooms, offering accommodation for up to 11 people. It has a large kitchen/dining room, which leads onto the main sitting room with a fire place, which in turn leads onto a roof terrace with stunning views of the valley below. There are plenty of private corners around the house and within the beautifully maintained gardens with great walks just off the doorstep into the woods and the open fells.
2. Camping Barn
This barn conversion sleeps 10 people in the upstairs dormitory whilst facilities downstairs include a cosy lounge with a woodburner stove, a kitchen and bathroom. It is set amongst a rustic working farm with pretty gardens and fabulous scenery. There are wonderful walks and the area is also well known for its nearby rock climbing and bouldering. The barn is only a short walk from the local valley pub. From our site, the Camping Barn is approximately 5 minutes away by car and we provide pick up and drop off, to and from our site for courses and retreats.
3. The Camp Site
The camp site is set in remote and rugged surroundings deep within the Duddon Valley. It is suitable for camping and caravans and has shower and bathroom facilities. There is no power in the camping area, so don’t forget your torch! Open fires are allowed, on the understanding that people take responsibility for safety. The camp site is 10 minutes away by car and we provide pick up and drop off from our site for all courses and retreats.
Meals and Chores:
All meals on the courses and retreats are vegetarian. We aim to provide healthy and tasty meals. Of course, if you have any particular dietary requirements please let us know in advance. For extra-special dietary requirements you may be required to provide your own supplementary food.
We aim to cook with organic, fresh, seasonal produce from our vegetable garden or the surrounding area.
Course participants are encouraged to lend a hand when it comes to simple things like washing up dishes after meals, wiping down tables and sweeping the communal area. Getting out in the garden for weeding and picking vegetables and salad leaves is optional but welcomed!
What to bring:
It is advisable to come prepared for all weathers! The Lake District can be as wet as it sounds and the temperature can drop with a gusty wind blowing through the valley. However, it can also be sweltering, although with the river close by, there is always a chance to cool off with a refreshing dip. Those that dare can also take a jump from Ulpha Bridge!
When you visit us, don’t forget to pack:
- Walking boots and thick socks
- Lighter shoes for hot summer weather
- Enough clothes for the duration of your course, as we do not provide laundry facilities
- At least one fleecy or equally warm jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Hat (appropriate to the season)
- Head torch
- Swimming costume
During the wetter months, you may also want to consider bringing:
- Waterproof trousers (these can come in handy if you are working outside during a workshop)
- Wellingtons or workboots
- Warm, thick socks
- Gloves and scarf
If you are planning in helping out in the garden or you are enrolled on a workshop, you may also want to bring:
- Gardening gloves
- Sun hat
- Writing materials
Things to do & see in and around the Duddon Valley
The Duddon Valley is renowned for its beauty and tranquillity. With its soft, craggy, rolling hills, rocky peaks and hidden tarns, it is as lovely a place to walk as anywhere in the Lake District. Whether you want to climb a peak and take in the stunning views, meander along the Duddon river or enjoy a ramble over to a friendly local pub, there are walks to suit people of all ages and abilities. This superb untouched landscape also offers wonderful opportunities to climb, cycle, canoe, swim or just sit back and take in the splendour of the great outdoors.
The next valley over is Eskdale, which is the starting point for many heading up England’s highest peak, Scafell. It is a far busier valley, with an ancient mill, art galleries, waterfalls, several pubs and inns and plenty of places to stay. It is also a stopping point for the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway or La’al Ratty as it is affectionately known.
One way of travelling between the valleys is to come over Hardknott Pass, one of the steepest roads in England. The pass was originally built by the Romans in the 2nd century to link the coastal fort at Ravenglass with their garrisons at Ambleside and Kendal. You will also be able to visit the amazing remains of Hard Knott Roman Fort, built between AD120 and AD138. A lonely outpost if ever I saw one.
Beyond Eskdale lies Wasdale, a valley of extremes…with England’s highest peak rising dramatically above Wast Water, England’s deepest and most ruggedly beautiful lake. Wasdale is very much a walkers valley as well as being the birthplace of British climbing with numerous routes for most abilities. Beyond that, there is very little, beyond a pub, a campsite and England’s smallest church, dating from Viking times!