The Wild Wool Barn, Routen Farm Cot, Ennerdale, CA23 3AU

Call Susan Denham-Smith on 01946 861270


The Wild Wool Barn is the perfect base for walkers, climbers, mountaineers, cyclists and families wanting to escape from it all to explore the western edge of the Lake District National Park. Surrounded by the stunning Great Bourne and Crag Fell, overlooking Ennerdale Water, this luxurious bunk barn is a great base for a holiday in the unspoilt Western Lake District. The newly converted cowshed provides atmospheric, simple accommodation in 3 rooms. The bedroom sleeps 6 in 2 bunk beds and 1 double. The comfortable living and dining area is well furnished with traditional wood burning stove and fireplace, built with traditional slate from the nearby Honister Slate mine, and has electric heaters for extra warmth. The kitchen has a 2-ring electric cooker and microwave. Slate-clad electric shower and toilets complete the traditional feel. An outside patio and camping field overlooking the lake are the perfect place for an evening BBQ or to enjoy a drink as the sun sets over the water. All crockery and utensils are provided. Linen is included, and towels can be hired on request. The farm is no longer active but houses The Wild Wool Workshop, where Susan spins and weaves Herdwick wool, from the oldest flocks in the country, from which, it is rumoured, that Beatrix Potter originated her famous flocks. You can visit the workshop and see the traditional processes in action, book craft courses and maybe take home a souvenir of your visit. The Wild Wool Barn is a perfect group stop off on day 1 of the Coast to Coast, or as a family/group base to wander the fells of this hidden gem of the Lake District. It is also only 2 miles from the route of the cycling C2C and a perfect starting point to explore the 15 peaks of the Ennerdale Horseshoe. Ennerdale Bridge is just 2.5 miles away with two pubs and a cafe. For provisions Whitehaven, Workington, and Cockermouth are 25 mins' drive. Local attractions such as Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass railway, Maryport Aquarium and the Cumbrian Coast are a short car drive away. Mobile and 4G signals are patchy to non-existent, and there is no WiFi. The Wild Wool Barn is truly a place to get away from it all. Rent the barn by itself and share facilities with campers or go exclusive and rent the whole place and include up to 6 campers in your party.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    6: 1x6 + 6 camping
  • Open:

    All year.
  • Price per night:

    High season (for 6) from 1 night £130 to 7 nights £525. Exclusive use including 6 camping: from 1 night £182 to 7 nights £889. Bank hols min 3 nights. Low season (Nov-March) 1-3 people £60 per night, Camping £10pp.
  • Booking:

    See link and Ts&Cs
  • Directions:

    Grid reference 104163 on the north side of Ennerdale Water. 15 miles south of Cockermouth. ON FOOT From Ennerdale Bridge, head to the lake shore path. Turn left and follow the North Shore to a sharp right turn after a gate, this turn leads down to the lake. DO NOT turn right but head straight on to pass Beckfoot (house) on your left. You can see Routen Farm straight ahead over the field. Turn left and follow track to road, turn right, arrive 400m on right. BY CAR: From Cockermouth drive south 8 miles on the A5086, turn left at the sign for Lamplugh Green, drive past the church and then turn left at sign Ennerdale Lake. Drive 2.5 miles, between 2 caravan parks then up and then down a very steep hill (not recommended in snow or ice) to Croasdale. Turn left we are 1 mile on the right. From Cleator Moor: to Ennerdale Bridge, turn right at the school. Drive for approx' 3 miles (don't turn off anywhere - the road is very winding) we are on the RH side 1 mile past Croasdale.
  • Public Transport:

    No direct public transport to Ennerdale Valley. For the hardy, in summer, the 77 and 77a from Keswick can drop you in Buttermere, then a 6 mile hike over Floutern Tarn to The Wild Wool Barn. Or take a train to Whitehaven and bus to Frizington followed by a 7 mile road walk.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

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aMixed dormitories
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
pClothes washing facilities
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
ZDogs by arrangement
wGroups Only
9Best Price Guarantee


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News & Offers from The Wild Wool Barn

The Wild Wool Barn in Ennerdale is Good to Go, with availability this Winter

December 1st 2020

This comfy 6 person camping barn has achieved the Visit England award for implementing the Governments Covid safety measures. So you can be sure of a safe stay in this idyllic part of the Lake District.

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A fab hostel for groups of Coast to Coast walkers and Mt Bikers

September 28th 2020

Cosy accommodation for groups of up to 6 on the first day of the Coast to Coast. The only place with a view of Ennerdale Water.

Why stay in the village when you can stay in a room with a view, without the price of a hotel?

Autumn colours at wild wool barn in ennerdale

Isolate in Isolation

March 15th 2020

Exclusive small group booking of the Wild Wool Barn – Ennerdale is the perfect place to get away from it all. True isolation & squeaky, cleaning is standard practice now including laundered pillows.

If you want to get away and feel safe the Wild Wool Barn offers exclusive use and “isolation” in 2 senses of the word. A group booking of the hostel means you will not be sharing with anybody else, and our stunning location overlooking Ennerdale Water means you can walk/ride out from the door up the fells and trails and not bump into anybody. Oh and did we forget to mention there is no WIFI or phone signal? Can’t get more isolated than that! Our cleaning practices between visitors have always been to a “deep clean” standard with all surfaces and floors cleansed between visits. Now we are adding a change of pillows between visits to ensure super cleanliness. Some dates available in the Easter Holidays and beyond.

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