Shepherds Arms Hotel
“A popular destination with coast-to-coast walkers” - AA Inspector
ENNERDALE BRIDGE, CUMBRIA
You don't have to be walking the 192 miles from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay to swap travellers' tales in the two-fire bar, but you'll probably meet those who are. The hotel was once a village-centre farmhouse that also dispensed beer to locals and those from further afield. Today, it serves an excellent array of Cumbrian ales, alongside traditional home cooking, starting at lunchtime with sandwiches, snacks and main meals such as steak and ale pie, and finishing in the evening with fresh lobster; Lakeland lamb and beef; chicken breast stuffed with haggis in a whisky sauce; baked salmon kebabs on lime; and, one of several vegan options, Mediterranean bean casserole. Walkers can order a packed lunch for the final push to St Bees, or the more daunting climb east.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £9.75
- Closed: false
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About the area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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