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Eskdale - Fisherground Farm

Eskdale - Fisherground Farm
Eskdale - Fisherground Farm Holidays

After contacting several properties listed on PetHolidays.com we decided on Fisherground Farm, which is based in Eskdale on the western side of the Lake District. The location was very secluded and away from the main tourist areas. We booked a pine lodge for two adults, an 18-month child, a dog and a cat, then sat back looking forward to our forthcoming holiday.

Based in the North East we were only a few hours drive across the Penines to the Lakes. We had not anticipated how far off the beaten track Eskdale was and the driving was very slow, although the scenery breathtaking. Unfortunately the undulating country roads were a little too much for Maggie (our dog), and Tabatha (our cat) and both were car sick on the way. The weather did not look too promising either, it was raining and more of the same was forecast for the week ahead.

After arriving at Fisherground Farm we were pleasantly surprised to find a very comfortable pine lodge along with two others and two cottages. There were trees behind, and a small stream opening into a rafting pool to the front of the lodges. To the right of the lodges, down a small track was a campsite. and adventure playground

The lodges were very well equipped with three bedrooms and a main room encompassing a kitchen, dining and living area. The kitchen included an electric hob, combination microwave/conventional oven and a dishwasher. We settled in very quickly and decided to go out and look for somewhere to buy food. This was no mean feat, the nearest small shop was a mile down the road and for anything more than the essentials required a trip of 7 miles or so, so we would recommend taking as much of your own food (and nappies) as possible. The local pub (The George IV) is a about 10 minutes walk from Fisherground, and the dog was allowed in the bar. They also served food.

The area itself is beautiful and is ideal for walking with dogs, although leads should be used in many areas, due to free roaming sheep. If you have young children we would also recommend a cross-country pushchair. A booklet of local walks was left in the lodge, which proved useful. It may go without mentioning but we would recommend taking some good waterproof clothing because when it rains it really rains!

Within Fisherground itself there is also an adventure playground, sports hall (although this will close the end of 2002) and as mentioned above a rafting pool. Some of the local attractions that we tried are as follows:

South Lakes Wild Animal Park - We found this to be an excellent trip out for the family, Maggie was not allowed, so stayed at the lodge to recover from all the walking.

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