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 The farm is no longer active but houses The Wild Wool Workshop, where Susan spins and weaves Herdwick wool, from the oldest flocks in the country, from which, it is rumoured, that Beatrix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. 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:

    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 Mountain Bike Coast to Coast Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available August Bank Holiday 2021 Available Autumn Half Term 2021 Available for Christmas 2021 Available February Half Term 2022 Available Easter 2022 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2022 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2022


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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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.


New Growth at the Wild Wool Barn

March 31st 2021

At the Wild Wool Barn you will find not only a cosy, luxury bunk house but also a heritage treasure trove of wool crafts and a natural dye-plant garden, with a view to die for!

The Wild Wool Barn shares its location with The Wild Wool Workshop and dye plant garden, where owner Susan spins and weaves the local Herdwick wool and grows dye plants, for their colour, in the most scenic veg garden in the country (well we think so!). If you want to get away this summer and enjoy mountaineering in the Lake District and enjoy a craft experience, then we have everything here under one roof. Surrounded by classic high peaks: Great Bourne, Red Pike (2 of them), Great Gable and the whole Ennerdale Horseshoe you can walk from the front door of The Wild Wool Barn straight onto some of the classic routes in the Lake district, and take part in a Heritage craft course – spinning and weaving. Classes take place on many weekends and mid-week. (check out Wild Wool Workshop facebook page and web site for course dates and details.) The Barn sleeps 6, in one bedroom (living room, kitchen and bathrooms included), with the option to increase your group size by bringing tents to enjoy your exclusive use of this peaceful and largely undiscovered corner of the Lake District.

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