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

Call Susan Denham-Smith on 01946 861270

Luxury Bunk Barn, in stunningly remote Ennerdale.

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The farm is no longer active but houses The Wild Wool Workshop, where Susan spins and weaves Herdwick wool, from the oldest flocks in the country, from which, it is rumoured, that Beatrix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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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available August Bank Holiday 2022 Available Autumn Half Term 2022 Available for Christmas 2022 Available New Year 2022 / 2023 Available February Half Term 2023 Available Easter 2023 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2023 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Half Term 2023


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
9Best Price Guarantee


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News & Offers from The Wild Wool Barn

Your own Private View in the Lake District

June 29th 2022

Where can you go to in the Lake District where you will have the lake and mountain view to yourself on a Bank Holiday? The Wild Wool Barn in Ennerdale is available for exclusive booking £405 for up to 6 people (3 nights from Friday 26th August) or bring some friends with tents and have the whole site to yourselves including that amazing view. (Additional charge for campers)

The Wild Wool Barn is a luxury bunkhouse recently converted from a cattle shed.
It has all mod cons including heating, hot showers and wood burning stove.

You will be situated in the heart of the Western Fells, with spectacular mountain walks from the door, miles of bike trails and a short walk to paddle in the lake. Don’t hesitate, book now for this August Bank Holiday.


Peaceful Trails on the Western Fells. No Compromise!

June 22nd 2022

If you want to avoid the crowds this summer, but not compromise on climbing the high fells, Ennerdale is the place to be. The Wild Wool Barn has direct access to classic routes on Pillar, Great Gable, Haystacks, Red Pike and the whole Ennerdale Horseshoe all from the door. Even at the height of summer you can walk for miles without meeting a soul.

The Wild Wool Barn in Ennerdale sleeps 6-8, in one bedroom for 6 plus pull out sofa. We provide all mod cons, including fully fitted kitchen, cosy living room with wood burning stove, all the bedding, hot water, kitchen equipment (and even some maps). All you need to provide is your walking boots and lots of energy. In this oft undiscovered peaceful valley you can truly get away from it all but not compromise on comfort and great climbs.


Wild and Woolly in Ennerdale

June 14th 2022

As well as being a comfortable and cosy hostel, The Wild Wool Barn is also has a creative streak. Upstairs in the Wild Wool Workshop your host Susan Spins and weaves rugs and accessories and teaches the ancient crafts of spinning and weaving with Herdwick wool, so if you fancy a holiday with a “twist” check out the Workshops and plan for a rainy day.

The Wild Wool Barn in Ennerdale has miles and miles of trails and mountain paths to walk from the door. In this oft undiscovered peaceful valley you can truly get away from it all. The hostel sleeps 6-8, in one bedroom for 6 plus pull out sofa (+2). We provide all the bedding, hot water, kitchen equipment (and even some maps) all you need to provide is your walking boots.

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