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

Call Susan Denham-Smith on 01946 861270


The Wild Wool Barn on Routen Farm is the perfect base for walkers, climbers, mountaineers 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 bunk beds. 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 The farm is no longer active but houses The Wild Wool Workshop, where Susan spins and weaves Herdwick wool, from the oldest flocks in the country, from which, it is rumoured, that Beatrix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, take part in a craft course 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 3G 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 4 campers in your party. This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    6: 1x6 + 6 camping
  • Open:

    All year. Easter-Oct groups only.
  • Price per night:

    High season sole use: from 1 night £120 to 7 nights £455. Bank hols min 3 nights. Low season: £30pp, min booking £60. 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 can drop you in Buttermere, then it is 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

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is near mountains, is in a National Park, is available only to groups, gives a Best Price Guarantee, has availability this New Year and this Christmas and is on the Hostels with Camping map, the Small Hostels Map, the Coast to Coast Mountain Bike route and the Coast to Coast Walk.


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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Family accommodation in the unspoilt “Wild” Ennerdale Valley

August 28th 2019

This Dark Skies area is set in isolation on the Coast to Coast walk and within three miles of the NCN.

Our onsite camping allows flexible group size, so we’re perfect for families, walking and cycling groups, celebrations, and meet ups. We can also arrange art and craft themed holidays which include traditional spinning and weaving.






New Year and Christmas availability at the Wild Wool Barn in Ennerdale

August 14th 2019

The Wild Wool Barn, overlooking Ennerdale Water, provides luxury bunkhouse accommodation for 6 with a traditional wood-burning stove. Celebrate this festive season and explore the rarely visited Western Lake District.

Crafting produce and activivites are also available at the Wild Wool Workshop by arrangement.  Families, couples, groups and their dogs are all welcome.

Christmas and New Year at Wild Wool Barn

Extreme Spinning in Ennerdale

August 14th 2019

What would you do with your time in the Lake District? Hike, Bike ride a Trike? Climb, Spin or just bring your Knitting. It’s all here on the doorstep of The Wild Wool Barn.

With dozens of miles of trails, stunning views, classic mountain climbs and 6x 800+meter peaks on the doorstep, Ennerdale has everything you would expect from the Lake District without the crowds. Stay at the Wild Wool Barn in complete isolation, from people, traffic, social media (we boast no Wifi or mobile signals) Great offers for multi-day stays. Perfect for families and groups who love to get away from it all.


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