The village of Boot has two pubs: The Boot Inn (formerly The Burnmoor Inn) and The Brook House Inn; however The Woolpack Inn - Hardknott Bar & Cafe is only a short walk nearer to Hardknott Pass.
The Woolpack Inn has an adjoined brewery known as Hardknott Brewery.
The permanent population of Boot is 10-15, but can rise to between 90 and 120 in summer when the inn and local bed-and-breakfast and holiday cottages are full. These businesses survive on fell walkers (ramblers), the passengers of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (which stops less than 300 metres from Boot), and holiday-makers from the nearby campsite and cottages. Also in the area is an old boarding house (now available to rent) and a small church.
On 2 June 2010, Boot became the centre of a search after a shooting spree in Cumbria. The killer, 52-year-old taxi driver Derrick Bird, was found dead in woods near Boot after a four-hour manhunt. He killed 12 people and injured 11 others.
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