…...Spin, Weave and Stay where the Herdwicks like to play
Welcome to the Wild Wool Barn, in the isolated valley of Ennerdale.
I moved to the Lake District 20 years ago to pursue my passion for mountaineering and crafts. We have converted the rustic Lakeland barn to comfortable but simple accommodation so we can share this exclusive of corner of undiscovered Lake District with like-minded people.
The barn provides luxury bunkhouse accommodation for families and groups of 6+ for exclusive use, and a micro-campsite offers a rare opportunity to camp overlooking the stunning views of Ennerdale Water and Crag Fell.
Attached to the Wild Wool Barn is the Wild Wool Workshop where I create bespoke products from the local Herdwick wool from the oldest flocks in the country, using traditional Spinning and Weaving equipment.
You can visit the studio most afternoons and see me working in workshop where you will also find an exhibition of wool processing and hand-spun creations. Handmade Items are available for sale in the Wild Wool Etsy Shop.
We hope to see you soon
If you love traditional crafts, active holidays in the mountains or just want to get away from it all, Routen Farm and the Wild Wool are the perfect place for you to escape to. You can walk out of the door and directly onto the the Ennerdale Horseshoe. WIFI free and with no mobile signal you can leave the stresses of everyday life and reconnect with yourself and nature as you discover the "wild valley" of Ennerdale.
Routen Farm and Beatrix Potter
Routen Farm is rumoured to have been visited by Beatrix Potter in 1934 when she was the President of the Ennerdale Show. The show office was housed in the farmhouse (now the family bathroom!). It is also thought that Beatrix Potter’s flocks of Herdwick sheep could have been related to the flocks which still graze here. It is wool from these, the oldest flocks of Herdwick in the country, that I use to create my products.