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  • Hours of opening: 11am - 1am
  • We are a dog-friendly pub and happy for any obedient dog to join you inside, asking only that you keep your pet close to you.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Mobile calls and text - Orange network
  • Pool Table
  • Children Welcome
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • External seating and patios
  • Beer garden
  • Free Parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Baby changing room

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Location

Getting to King George IV Inn


By car from Scotland and the North East:

You can either leave the M6 at Carlisle (junction 44) following the signs for Cockermouth on the A595, then for Whitehaven. Stay on the A595 until Holmrook. At Holmrook take a left for Wasdale Head / Santon Bridge.

Or, take junction exit 40 (at Penrith) on the M6, and travel to Ambleside on the A66/A591. From Ambleside take the A593 towards Langdale / Coniston


By car from the South:

Leave the M6 at J36 follow signs for Lakes/ Windermere

Take exit off the A591 onto A590 following signs For Barrow. 3 Miles beyond Newby Bridge turn right onto the A5092. At Greenodd turn right onto the A595. Follow this road past Broughton in Furness then turn right at some traffic lights, just before the river Duddon. Follow this road to Ulpha, cross the river then take the next left, sign posted for Eskdale. Follow this road across Birker Moor and you will see the King George IV pub on the left.

If conditions are icy follow as above but stay on the A595 at the traffic lights (just before the river Duddon). At Holmrook take a small lane to Irton.


From Ambleside:

Take the A593 towards Langdale / Coniston...


By rail:

The nearest train station is Ravenglass Rail Station (RAV) (6 miles).

Northern Rail operate the Cumbrian Coast railway line connecting many towns and villages of the Western Lake District with Carlisle in the north and Barrow-in-Furness in the south. The railway provides a scenic route through the Lake District and links with the West Coast Main Line at Carlisle for connections to the North East, Scotland, Yorkshire and the south and with trains to Lancashire, Manchester and Manchester Airport at Barrow-in-Furness.

Many attractions in the Western Lake District, such as Maryport, Millom, Whitehaven and Workington, can be visited using the Cumbrian Coast railway line and what better way to visit the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway than going by train.

To plan your journey or for further information on Northern Rail please visit: www.northernrail.org or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.

For details on how to travel to the Western Lake District by rail visit:

www.virgintrains.co.uk

www.nationalrail.co.uk

The Eskdale Railway (La'al Ratty):

The La'al Ratty, a narrow gauge steam railway that travels from Boot to Ravenglassand offers a number of return journeys each day (seasonal). As Ravenglass Rail Station (RAV) is also a main line station it is actually easier for visitors by train to reach Eskdale than many places in The Lake District.
For the King George IV Inn get off the train at ‘Eskdale Green’. From there the King George is five minutes (0.2 miles) walk away, turning right at the main road.

Visit ‘Ravenglass Railway’ website - www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk


Public transport information:

For comprehensive public transport information, including bus, boat and rail services in the Western Lake District and across Cumbria, call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 . Lines are open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.


Local Taxis:

Gosforth - 019467 25308

Local Area

The Eskdale Valley

The Eskdale Valley in West Lakeland is a beautiful and tranquil base for exploring this area of The Lake District. It's location ensures there is far less traffic than most areas of The Lake District, particularly the main tourist areas. The valley starts at Hardknott Pass (the steepest pass in England) and runs down to the coast at Ravenglass.

For those looking to spend some time here the valley provides a range of accommodation options from bed and breakfast to self catering and camping. The King George can provide the first two options and there is a large campsite approximately 300m away.

Once here there are a number of attractions that can be reached within the valley without using the car. Indeed many visitors say they only get back in the car when they are leaving:

Walking & Cycling

The Eskdale Valley provides a vast choice of walks to suit all ages and fitness levels. The valley floor itself is predominantly flat - a mixture of open fields, woods and pathways offer a multitude of walks for families with youngsters and those prefering a leisurely stroll. From The King George you can reach the village of Boot, St Catherines Church and Stanley Ghyll Force by following the River Esk upstream.

For those seeking more of a challenge the same places can be reached by climbing up onto Eskdale Fell via the Outward Bound centre or Fisherground farm, passing Blea Tarn and then descending into Boot. Serious hikers can forgo the car journey to Wasdale and set off across Sca Fell to climb Scafell Pike (England's highest mountain).

The Eskdale Trail

The Eskdale Trail is a 14km route from Dalegarth Visitor Centre (just outside Boot) to Ravenglass via Muncaster Fell and Castle. It can be walked or cycled and cycles can be hired by the day or half day at Dalegarth. If you wish to visit Muncaster Castle then please note there is an entrance fee. There is a return route through the woods which line the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway or you can simply take the train (24hrs notice required for cycles).

Dalegarth Visitor Centre has other suggested cycling routes but other options would be by road to Santon Bridge, taking a right just before the bridge towards Wast Water and 'Britains Best View'. Or take a left at the T junction at The King George and head towards Ulpha Fell and Devoke Water.

And for the budding Tour De France riders why not try an ascent of Hardknott Pass, stopping off at Hardknott Roman Fort if the going gets a bit too much.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

This narrow gauge railway, known as La'al Ratty, runs from Dalegarth Visitor Centre, just outside Boot, to the seaside village of Ravenglass. Kids of all ages will love a ride on this train. As Ravenglass is also a main line station it is actually easier for visitors by train to reach Eskdale than many places in The Lake District.

The railway has a number of stops along the way, including Fisherground campsite and the village of Eskdale Green before entering the woods at the foot of Muncaster Fell. It then follows the Esk tidal estuary before reaching Ravenglass.

Ravenglass offers coastal walks, a Roman bath house boasting the tallest Roman remains in Britain and a woodland walk to Muncaster Castle.

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle sits on the main A595 coast road and can be reached by car, train, bike or even on foot from Eskdale. The castle is said to sit on Roman foundations dating as far back as 79AD and is still lived in by the same family that took possession around 1208.

The castle has extensive gardens and woodland walks containing many rare plants and trees and one of the largest collections of rhododendrons in Europe. Next to the castle is the World Owl Centre containing around 40 species of owl. Visitors have a chance to 'meet' the owls up close on the castle lawns at 2.30pm each day and perhaps see them flying. You can also watch feeding of the wild herons at 4.30pm.

The castle has a cafe and gift shop and can easily fill a day out.

Stanley Ghyll Force

Stanley Ghyll Force is a 60ft waterfall situated in a narrow ravine on the southern side of the Eskdale valley. The waterfall can be reached from the King George via the woodland walk that follows the River Esk upstream. Alternatively you can park at Dalegarth Visitor Centre and walk from there.

The walk through the ravine provides spectacular scenery as you criss-cross the stream using a number of wooden bridges, all the while the sides of the ravine becoming higher and higher. Stanley Ghyll Force sits at the very top of the track but you will pass a number of smaller waterfalls on the way.

For those wanting a view from the top you can take the track that doubles back from the main track just before one of the bridges. This takes you up to a small rock plateau with verticle drops to the ravine floor. This plateau is dangerous and not suitable for children.

Hardknott Roman Fort, Hardknott Pass, Eskdale

Hardknott Roman fort was built in the 2nd century AD and is situated part way up Hardknott Pass on the Eskdale side. It can be reached from a small carparking area on the road running up the pass.

The fort is one of the best preserved Roman remains in the Lake District providing an insight to the layout of Roman forts of the time. Hardknott fort will have had bath-houses, granaries, commanders quarters and been 'home' to around 500 cavalry protecting the route from Ambleside to Ravenglass.

This is an ideal stop off if you are venturing over Hardknott and Wrynose Passes to spend the day in some of the better know Lakeland towns such as Hawkshead, Ambleside and Windermere which are a short drive from the other side off the passes.