Situated at the edge of the Wasdale Valley in the Lake District, The Old School B&B & Betty’s Holiday Cottage is ideally located to offer fast and easy access to the most popular tourist areas and sites in and around the Lake District.

The Old School B&B & Betty’s Cottage is situated along a quiet country lane near to Irton Church an ancient monument and within a 20 minute walk to the nearest hotel/pub and Santon Bridge Gift Shop and Tearooms. There are lots of lovely walks from the house and a 20 minute drive to Wastwater and Wasdale Head for the high level walks and Scafell Pike. The nearest beach is in the ancient port of Ravenglass only 6 miles away.

Apart from endless walks and all that nature has to offer on the doorstep of the Old School B&B & Betty’s Cottage, there are also many activities and attractions locally, a selection of which is below:

Santon Bridge Gift Shop and Woodlands Tearooms (2.2 mi)

A delightful shop selling quality leather goods, sheepskins, charming gifts such as Beatrix Potter, Border Fine Arts, childrens toys, outdoor clothing, ceramics, glassware and much much more. Well worth a visit.

The Woodlands Tearoom is nestled in a delightful woodland setting next door to the Gift Shop. A perfect place to meet friends, relax, unwind and eat good wholesome home made food and the Best Cakes in the Lakes.


Muncaster Castle, Gardens & World Owl Centre (3.7 mi)

The historic haunted castle, still a lived in family home is the jewel in the crown of this majestic setting on the Western Lake District. See the castle in all its glory and hear from the Pennington family who have resided in the castle since 1208 about Muncaster’s colourful history and residents.

Historic haunted castle, gardens and woodland walks and World Owl Centre for fun family days out.


Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (3.6 mi)

Join us as we journey for seven miles from the delightful coastal village of Ravenglass through two glorious valleys to the foot of England’s highest mountains in trains consisting of ‘breath of fresh air’ open carriages, practical open sided ones and cosy covered saloons.

The train journey travels through beautiful countryside from Ravenglass, calling at Muncaster Mill, Irton Road, The Green, and Beckfoot before finally reaching Dalegarth station, near Boot in Eskdale. From Dalegarth you can walk to Eskdale Mill,Stanley Ghyll Force and St Catherine’s Church.


Wastwater - Britain's Favourite View (9.4 mi)

Wasdale is the home of England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike, deepest lake and smallest church.

The lake is the most awe inspiring of all the Cumbrian lakes, surrounded by its high peaks and bounded by its famous “screes” plummeting into the water.

Wastwater is 3 miles long and 260 feet deep, there is no through road on one side of Wastwater which offers dynamic views of the “screes” and the finest view of Great Gable and Scafell.

Eskdale (6.7 mi)

Eskdale is the valley, stretching from Gosforth, near Seascale on the West coast of Cumbria, through to the foot of Hard Knott pass, and contains the small villages of Santon Bridge, Boot and Eskdale Green.

It is very popular with tourists, being close to Scafell – England’s highest mountain.

The valley is notable as being one of few major valleys in the Lake District not to have its own lake, although several tarns are perched above the valley sides.

Seascale (5.0 mi)

Seascale is a small attractive seaside resort, significantly enhanced in Victorian times by the introduction of the Furness Railway in the 1850’s. Rich in history, the village can trace its origins back to an early Norse settlement and to Roman Britain.

The railway opened up Seascale as a popular holiday destination for many families from the North of England. Bracing sea air, miles of clean sandy beaches with safe bathing, and easy rail travel were a must for Victorian holidaymakers.

West Lakes Adventure (6.9 mi)

West Lakes Adventure provide adventure activities for groups, families and individuals all year round.

Activities include …

  • Ghyll Scrambling/Canyoning in the Lake District
  • Open Boat Canoeing on flat or moving water
  • Lake District Rock Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Target Archery
  • Guided Mountain Biking
  • Guided Walking
  • Navigation Skills
  • Expedition Skills
  • Multi Activity Days
  • Overnight Camping Expeditions
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
  • Kayaking


The Woolly Farm (2.2 mi)

Located in Santon Bridge in the Wasdale Valley, the Woolly Farm offers a unique way to explore the magnificent Lake District.

With a majestic llama or an adorable alpaca by your side, walk through ancient woodland, over luscious fields and up rugged fells to find stunning views and an unforgettable experience.


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