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Grid reference: NY1700
Location: 54°23’54"N, 3°16’12"W
Population: 15
Post town: Holmrook
Postcode: CA19
Dialling code: 01946
Local Government
Council: Cumberland

Boot is a small village in Eskdale, in Cumberland. The valley is carved by the River Esk through the Lake District, and the village of Boot sits in the dale, in the western part of the Lake District.

The village is along just one dead-end lane, which branches off just one road, the sole access to the village. This road is the Hardknott Pass, Britain's steepest road, and it is closed when icy, as often it is during winter.

The village has two pubs: The Boot Inn (formerly The Burnmoor Inn) and The Brook House Inn. The Woolpack Inn - Hardknott Bar & Café 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 between 10 and 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, the passengers of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (which stops just than 300 yards 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, St Catherine's.

On the moorland around one mile north of the village are five stone circles known collectively as the Burnmoor stone circles.[1]

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  1. Burnmoor Stone Circles, Lake District National Park