Although the glacial valley of Eskdale is in the Lake District, it does not have a lake of its own. But water is not absent as the River Esk waters flow through the valley to its estuary at Ravenglass, then into the Irish Sea. On a clear day, one can see the whole of Eskdale Valley with the Irish Sea visible at the far western edge. On the day we visited, drizzle fell and mist hung in the air, but we could still see a faint blue line in the far distance.
The main access to Eskdale Valley is from the western end, but we arrived from the east through the ridiculously steep, winding, and treacherous Hardknott Pass. Even with the rain, mist, and all, I was happy we took the road less travelled, because the view from Hardknott Roman Fort was worth the trip. (And by worth the trip I mean after it was complete, because if you’d asked me while we were descending the mountain-hugging, one-lane, two-way-traffic road, as I prayed for our lives with my eyes tightly closed, I might not have made the same claim.)
One can dream. Eskdale Valley made it easy.