Jump to content

Eskdale, Cumbria

Coordinates: 54°23′28″N 3°15′59″W / 54.3912°N 3.2663°W / 54.3912; -3.2663
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Civil parish
The panorama across Eskdale from Hardknott Roman Fort
Eskdale is located in the former Borough of Copeland
Location in the former Copeland Borough
Eskdale is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
Population304 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNY1700
Civil parish
  • Eskdale
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCA19
Dialling code019467
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
54°23′28″N 3°15′59″W / 54.3912°N 3.2663°W / 54.3912; -3.2663

Eskdale is a civil parish in the western Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England. It is named after the Eskdale valley which the River Esk flows through on its way from the fells of the Lake District to the Irish Sea at Ravenglass. The civil parish is not coterminous with the valley, as the parish also includes the upper valley of the River Mite (Miterdale), whilst the lower reaches of the River Esk are in the civil parish of Muncaster.[2]

In 2001 the parish had a population of 264, increasing to 304 at the 2011 Census. Most of the population is concentrated in the two villages of Eskdale Green and Boot that are within the parish.[1][3]

One of the Lake District's most popular tourist attractions, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, runs through the parish, though along with other western parts of the Lake District, Eskdale is notably quieter during the high summer season than the more accessible eastern areas.


Eskdale has a parish council, and is also within the unitary authority of Cumberland. Both the parish and unitary authority are responsible for different aspects of local govenment. The parish is also in the ceremonial county of Cumbria, but since 2023 this has had no administrative role.[2][4][5]

At a national level, the parish is within the Copeland UK Parliamentary constituency.[6]


The area became one of the locations involved in the Cumbria shootings perpetrated by 52-year-old taxi driver Derrick Bird, who shot and killed twelve people and wounded eleven others. Several of the wounded victims were shot in Eskdale and the surrounding area.


In a note to her poetical illustration Eskdale, Cumberland. (Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap Book, 1836) to a painting by G. Pickering, Letitia Elizabeth Landon remarks on the hospitality of the 'estatesmen' of this district.[7]

Eskdale and Rafnglass (modern Ravenglass) feature in Rosemary Sutcliff's final novel Sword Song, set in the 9th century and published posthumously in 1997.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Eskdale Parish (E04010477)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b Election Maps (with parishes and unitary authorities selected (Map). Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 3 May 2024.
  3. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Eskdale Parish (16UE008)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  4. ^ "What We Do". Eskdale Parish Council. Retrieved 3 May 2024.
  5. ^ "Two new unitary authorities to make running Cumbria 'simpler'". BBC News. 1 April 2023. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
  6. ^ Election Maps (with parishes and westminster constituencies selected (Map). Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 3 May 2024.
  7. ^ Landon, Letitia Elizabeth (1835). "picture". Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap Book, 1836. Fisher, Son & Co.Landon, Letitia Elizabeth (1835). "poetical illustration". Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap Book, 1836. Fisher, Son & Co.

External links[edit]