The Wild Wool Barn, Routen Cottage, 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, oven and microwave. Slate-clad electric shower and toilets complete the traditional feel. All crockery and utensils are provided. Bed 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The farm is no longer active but houses The Wild Wool Workshop, where Susan spins and weaves Herdwick wool, from the oldest flocks in the country, from which, it is rumoured, that Beatrix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.

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.


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  • Beds & Rooms:

    6: 1x6 + 6 camping
  • Open:

    All year.
  • Price per night:

    From 1 night £150 to 7 nights £700 (low season). Exclusive use 6 + 6 camping: from 1 night £215 to 7 nights £1155. 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 Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk C2C Cycle Route Mountain Bike Coast to Coast LEJOG Land's End to John O'Groats by bike Trans Euro Trail
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available February Half Term 2024 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2024 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Half Term 2024 Available August Bank Holiday 2023 Available October Half Term 2024


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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Half Term in the Lakes – You Still Can

October 4th 2023

The Wild Wool Barn in the peace and tranquillity of the Western Lake District still has availability for the weekends of the half-term. Walks from the door along the Wild Ennerdale valley and up some of the most iconic mountains in the Lakes. Grab it while you can!

The Wild Wool Barn is one of the smallest hostels in the independent hostels guide and you can get full exclusive use of this gem of the Lake District. The Barn sleeps 6-8 in 1 dorm. It has a cosy living room with Honister Slate fire place fully fitted kitchen, shower and toilet. All bedding and heating included.

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Late Availability

Mid Autumn get away

October 1st 2023

The Wild Wool Barn is the perfect place for a break in Ennerdale. Enjoy the unforgettable view from the Wild Wool Barn. Enjoy the autumn breeze and warm sun in a fun break in the lakes.

The Wild Wool Barn is a luxury bunkhouse the sleeps 6 to 8 in one bedroom with a double bed and 2 bunkbeds and a spare pullout soafbed in the cosy living room. The living room contains several comfortable furnishings and a wood burning stove. The kitchen contains a toaster, oven, 2 ring hob and fridge. The barn is located in Ennerdale in the west of the Lake district in Cumbria. It is 3 miles from Ennerdale village. The Wild Wool Barn is a great place to enjoy the beautiful nature in the lake district and plan walks. You can then return to a warm barn and a hot shower, as well as watching the sun go down in the sereine lake district valley of Ennerdale.

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