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.

This newly converted cowshed provides atmospheric, simple accommodation in 3 rooms. The bedroom sleeps 6 in 4 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. All crockery and utensils are provided. Linen is included, and towels can be hired on request.

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.

The farm is no longer active but houses The Wild Wool Workshop, where Susan spins and weaves Herdwick wool, from the oldest flocks in the country, from which, it is rumoured, that Beatrix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. The Wild Wool Barn is truly a place to get away from it all. Rent the barn by itself for a group of 6 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:

    From 1 night £130 to 7 nights £525 (low season). Exclusive use 6 + 6 camping: from 1 night £195 to 7 nights £980. Bank hols min 3 nights. Camping £12pp.
  • 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 Trans Euro Trail LEJOG Land's End to John O'Groats by bike Mountain Bike Coast to Coast C2C Cycle Route Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk
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aMixed dormitories
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
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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Luxury Lake District Barn available for Christmas

September 30th 2021

We are a sole us barn with mountain views and currently un booked for Christmas. Loved by family and walking groups. We can’t guarantee a white Christmas but you’re more likely to see snow here than anywhere in England.  Cosy log fires. Frosty walks from the door.

Snowy scene

Looking to escape, relax and unwind?

July 6th 2021

Come to stunningly remote Ennerdale in the Lake District and stay at Wild Wool Barn, a luxurious bunk barn sleeping 6 (with extra camping for an additional 6). All you need to do is make the booking, pack and get here. We’ll provide jaw-dropping scenery, an abundance of wildlife, dark star-filled skies and the wonderful sound of silence.


True secret escapes in Ennerdale from 12th April 2021

April 9th 2021

The Wild Wool Barrn is an exclusive use hostel sleeping 6 with stunning views of Ennerdale Water and surrounding fells. Peace, tranquility and undiscovered beauty guaranteed. Summer dates are booking fast so don’t delay book today.

At the Wild Wool Barn you will have found that truly secret escape that you always hoped for. Nestled in the hidden Ennerdale valley in the Western Lake District we welcome visitors not tourist hoards.

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