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Accommodation Details The Shepherds Arms Hotel
Ennerdale Bridge CUMBRIACA23 3AR
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Comments by walkers who stayed at The Shepherds Arms Hotel in Ennerdale Bridge on The Coast to Coast Path
Fantastic room, a great size with big windows. Friendly staff.
Stella Smith, left on 11 June 2018
All-round good hotel in very suitable location.
Richard Hovey, left on 17 July 2017
This was a pleasant surprise. The room was comfortable, service friendly and meals excellent. Our ensuite was across the hall but large, clean and not shared. Highly recommend.
Bob & Leslie Casey, left on 29 November 2015
We didn't actually stay here whilst doing the C2c in early September, but we ate here, food was good, beer was good, wine was good and the service excellent. What more could you ask for
John & Jenny, left on 14 November 2015
Although we didnít actually stay here, I feel I must make a comment. While walking the Coast to Coast 1st June 2015, we ventured out from Ennerdale Bridge planning to take the high route to Rosthwaite. Sadly the worst first day of summer in 40years descended more quickly than anticipated and though we were well prepared with warm walking gear, Gortex jackets and trousers we battled through torrential rain, gales, sleet, hail. Bordering on hypothermia we were forced off the fells at Scarth Gap as we considered too dangerous to continue on. Discretion being the better part of valour we decided to return to Ennerdale Bridge and get a taxi to Rosthwaite. We stumbled into The Shepherds Arms accommodation. Keith was absolutely marvellous. He kindly allowed us to use his phone to call a taxi. He insisted we sit near the biggest hottest radiator in the place and delivered copious amounts of hot tea in an effort to thaw us out, refusing any payment for this (a donation to Mountain Rescue was suggested and given) If this is the attention given to strangers, waifs and strays I have no doubt his guests are in for a treat. Thanks again Keith.
Peter and Ann Mower, left on 06 July 2015
Stopped here last week and enjoyed my stay.
Room was clean and quite large.

Evening meal and breakfast was very good.

Would recommend staying here on your coast to coast walk
Tom Davies, left on 01 May 2015
A super night spent at this hotel. After a long walk we needed to alter our accommodation on arrival, the staff were warm, friendly and flexible. The rooms were clean, quiet and comfortable. The evening meal was delicious, a good selection on the breakfast menu, beautifully cooked. Substantial packed lunch provided for the day ahead.
I would highly recommend this hotel.
Paula Long, left on 12 April 2015
I stayed early September during my solo C2C walk. It was a plus to have my suitcase carried for me whilst being shown to my room. My twin room was clean and a good size though nothing really special. I had a sink in the room and although my private bathroom was across the corridor this never presented any difficulty. A dressing gown is provided. I enjoyed an excellent evening meal, improved by pleasant and friendly bar staff. My bed was comfortable and I slept well. Breakfast was fine as was the packed lunch. There is no (EE) mobile phone reception in the village but the manager generously offered me the use of the reception telephone though in addition there is a public phone box in the village. I realise you often get better value at B&Bs compared to pubs/hotels but even so I thought the Shepherds Arms was a good choice.
Steve., left on 01 December 2014
Very welcoming at the end of the first day. Bedrooms very comfortable and spacious. Friendly staff and really good food. Would thoroughly recommend the Shepherds Arms
Juanita Gray , left on 21 September 2014
this was our first acc on our walk and will comments on each of the places we stopped at, We were very happy with our twin room, clean with a very nice bathroom. food was great and breakfast was fine. the owner did not seem to be a people person but he was helpful and let us use his phone to call home. Would recommend the pub and the twin room. next borrowdale YHA
ALAN & PAUL, left on 26 July 2013
Arrived at The Shepherds Arms at the end of our first days walk on the C2C.Our room had a double bed and a Z Bed.We had asked for a twin,but this was NOT acceptable.The room was large,clean,nice bathroom,but obviously the furniture had been moved around to facilitate the Z Bed.I spoke to the receptionist about the Z Bed,she informed us the manager would speak to us...He did not...The Evening meal in the bar was very good,as was the breakfast.I would not expect to pay £90 for this room.For this reason I would NOT stay here again.
Raymond Alsop, left on 11 June 2013
Very accomodating and friendly. My room was spacious and comfortable. Nice pub and a good breakfast - recommended.
anon, left on 17 September 2012
We had a very pleasant stay at the Shepherd's Arms Hotel.

The room was somewhat dated, but clean and rather large, compared to some of the others we stayed at.

The food was fabulous and service at dinner extremely friendly and attentive.

There were various delicious options at breakfast, and we would definitely recommend this place.
Preston and Idun, left on 03 September 2012
under new management... 1st may 2012

please visit and see for yourself the transformation! warm welcome Great food and such a pleasant atmosphere
andy, left on 04 May 2012
A clean and comfortable room, but felt the proprietor hadn't found his true vacation.
J Smith, left on 04 February 2012
We stayed on 6th June 2011.

After the negative comments on the website, we were very pleasantly surprised. We had a warm welcome and an excellent meal in the evening. We found the new decor, tables etc. to be excellent.

One of our rooms had been refurbished and was very well done. The other needed some refurbishment.

Agreed that the breakfast was a little smaller than some, but there was more than enough to fuel us for the day ahead.

Don't be put off by the negative comments. Stay here.

Ian Spight, left on 01 July 2011
Despite some comments to the contrary, we had a warm welcome but, despite the law, the landlord had been smoking inside and the air was thick. There was some black mould in the corner of the bedroom...needs gutter work ! Nice waitress and good breakfast. We had supper at The Fox and Hounds..very good !
David Joll, left on 31 May 2011
The room was clean the shower good but the rest of the place very tired and dirty. It wasn't agreat start to the adventure, more expensive than elsewhere and couldn't compare to what others had to offer. If we did the c2c again we wouuld walk past this place not to be recommended. 23rd july 2009
sarah and tony hutt, left on 03 August 2009
Hotel looks a bit tired, but room was clean, quiet and comfortable, good shower and food in Bar and at breakfast was good. Packed lunch OK, a bit expensive compared to others on coast to coast.
Linda, left on 26 July 2009
Disappointingly average for the charges made. Very slow service at breakfast meant a later start than desirable when walking C2C - not the fault of the one waitress on duty.
Andy - 'Belmont Yompers', left on 27 May 2009
Good Hotel Guide 2005 would appear to be the last time this place was inspected, or properly cleaned. Well kept beers, food below average, expensive. Whole place looking very tired.

17th April 2009
Howard Edwards, left on 17 April 2009
A bit more expensive than others on the C2C but our room was spacious and very clean with a great hot shower. Bed was very comfortable. We much appreciated the fact that the owner provided us with a laptop and internet access for a nominal fee so that we could update our blog. Friendly service at the bar and with our meal. Good selection of local beers and the Wensleydale tart was delicious. Breakfast was good and but packed lunch was just Ok. We would recommend the Shephard Arms Hotel.
Stayed there July 14th, 2008.
Peter and Francine M - Canada, left on 01 August 2008
A littel bit of luxury at the start of the walk. Very nice room and good evening meal. A bit pricy, but this is more of a country house hotel than a pub with rooms. Breakfast was OK, though service a little slow. The other pub in the village is more 'pubby' in feel with a pool table.
Mike Thompson, left on 29 July 2008
Friendly bar staff, very helpful.Food at night was ok but not best quality.Packed lunch a real disappointment, expensive and little of it.
Overall, expensive and not good value
Bill Adamson, left on 22 July 2008
Nice room and abience, and healthy appetites provided for in evening meals of gargantuan proportions. But breakfast was measly with very slow service. The packed lunches were a bit of a con, especially asking for another 20-30p each for a bit of tomato, cucumber or pickle. Finally, it is important to note that the Sherpa notes that say the cost includes a tenner per head towards the cost of an evening meal is simply 100% wrong - the proprietor got very flustered when I mentioned this and promised to contact Sherpa about what is written in their itinerary notes.
Daryn Williams, left on 20 July 2008
After reading other reports I think we caught them on a good day. It was fairly expensive, but on my scoring technique (room, bathroom, breakfast) it scored 27/30 making it the fourth
anon, left on 19 July 2008
I walked the route in early june 2007. I met a young chap called Ben outside this pub who was trying to buy some food for the slog to Rosthwaite. He was turned away. It seemed a bit harsh as this was the only place who appeared to be open and have snacks to sell. What is the point of having an establishment like this on a long distance walking route if you can't support walkers.
john howley, left on 18 May 2008
Disappointing. Not a warm welcome, and the worst packed lunch of the trip.
Peter Speers, left on 06 May 2008
Reasonable but pricey for what it is.
anon, left on 25 September 2007
Facilities and customer service don't justify the price.
Monique & Jerry from Arizona, USA stayed on June 11.
Monique & Jerry, left on 05 July 2007
Comfortable room with all facilities. Ensuites recently refurbished. Food ok but quite expensive for what you get. Good Wainwright ale. Reasonable choice at breakfast, but let down by chipped crockery. Accept dogs. Overall ok but proved to be one of the most expensive.
29 May 2007
David and Kathryn Redfern , left on 27 June 2007
Stayed May 30, 2006. Very average food and room. Clean. My sister couldn't even remember the hotel after a couple of weeks of walking maybe because it was the night after our first day of walking the CtoC.
Jeanne and Susan Canada, left on 27 February 2007
Fantastic selection of vegetarian meals. Attentive and pleasant staff, good prices for the meals and drinks. Complete contrast to the Fox & Hounds.
Tony Grice, Cheshire., left on 11 July 2006
By far the most expensive place I stayed at, although it is right on the C2C route.

The room I had (Room 1) was a reasonable size with a very small en-suite shower room. Also directly above the pub, so a bit noisy until 11pm.

Evening meal (Steak & Ale pie) was well below average for the trip and delivered in under 5 minutes, so possibly microwaved. Yates Sungoddess was excellent though.

Breakfast was okay but only available from 7.30am, which is a bit late for me.
Stuart Greig, left on 15 May 2006
There is nothing really wrong with The Shepherds Arms, a comfortable room, everyone friendly and doing his best, but why is the room 50 to even 90% more expensive than all other places we stayed, while one will take drinks and dinner there as well? Breakfast was very standard and nothing special as compared to the other places.
Jetze and Marjan Heun, The Netherlands, left on 14 May 2006
Welcoming and efficient staff in reception on our arrival, and a comfortable room. We had eaten there previously, and the food was again excelllent. A pleasant traditional country Inn.
Mary and Capell Aris, left on 06 May 2006
Beautiful food and lovely rooms.... The best sticky toffee pudding we got

Our only gripe was that the owners had lost our order for packed lunches and we nearly had to set out hungry but in the end they looked after us

I would stay there again
Margaret Gallery, left on 02 May 2006
We note that there has been a change of management since we stayed. Thatís just as well, because the previous landlady should not have been in the hospitality business. It takes a special person to apparently resent the inconvenience resulting from someone who wants to pay their bill! The staff, by contrast, were just great.

George & Kay, New Zealand, May 2005
George & Kay, New Zealand, May 2005, left on 14 January 2006
We can't recommend the shepherds arms to anyone. the service was not good and the rooms were dirty and the showers were mouldy. the host was surly and difficult. he also charged us an extra fee over the original agreement. this was a thoroughly disagreeable place to stay. We had dinner at The Fox & Hound, where the service and food was good and friendly.
harvey mendelson, left on 27 September 2005
Thank you Admin.
At the time Mr Rose stayed I had not long taken over and very little had changed from the previous owners occupation. Small changes are now taking place however some of the larger changes need to wait until the end of the summer months and will take a time to complete.
I do believe Mr Rose's comments are common to those on this page prior to my takeover and hopefully guests in the future will appreciate the changes.
I do appreciate guests comments, good or bad, and happy to discuss them during their stay with me.
Malcolm Thomas-Chapman, left on 18 August 2005
Suffice to say that I hav no record of a Mr Rose staying with us on that particular night! Is this a free advert for the Fox and Hounds?

Admin says: Mr Rose stayed with you on 29 July
Malcolm Thomas, left on 17 August 2005
As this is the most expensive stay on the trip we were expecting something a bit special. Unfortunately, the new owner only took over 3 weeks before we arrived and was obviously honouring previous bookings. Room was adequate but no more. Food is only reasonable bar food and breakfast was nothing extraordinary, compared with what was to come.
Get the impression that The Shepherds Arms will either sink or swim but this will depend on the winter trade, not the custom from the Coast to Coast, as there is now competition from The Fox and Hounds, just around the corner.
Eric Rose, left on 15 August 2005
Fantastically comfortable bed in very pleasant room. Food was really good, service friendly, would definitely recommend.
sarah macaulay, left on 25 July 2005
A nice place to see - pleasant room and good food (evening meal and breakfast). But what is up with the landlady? She's rude, unwelcoming and bad tempered (the female equivalent of Basil Fawlty). I picked up similar feedback from other walkers.
James Berry, left on 24 July 2005
Just thought I would drop a note on this page to inform prospective residents that I have taken over the running of the Shepherd Arms Hotel.
Whilst noting the comments previously made I aim to retain the luxury and character of the hotel that previous residents have enjoyed and yet aim to eradicate the bad points. In time I hope to improve the overall ambience and service thats on offer and look forward to meeting my future customers.
Malcolm Thomas-Chapman, left on 20 July 2005
Stayed at the Shepherds Arms on 9/13 and enjoyed our stay. Lovely room. Excellent meal in pub. Room was clean, large and staff very friendly and helpful.
B. Daugharty, left on 10 February 2005
Very nice room, comfortable bed, good meals in pub & excellent selection of guest ales!
Robin & John Willis, left on 20 October 2003
Shepherds Arms is a great place, a classic pub with rooms. The beer and food were both fine, as was the welcome and the room. Breakfast and packed lunch fine.
Jean Woy, left on 09 October 2003
Great welcome. Good pub food.
Barbara Fothergill, left on 29 September 2003
Good start to the walk. Good food, atmosphere and comfortable room.
Kate Ellis, left on 28 September 2003
Warm, friendly reception, my draggled clothes and boots (yes it was raining!) whisked away to the drying room. Good vegetarian options on the menu and, I'm told by another walker, the best sticky toffee pudding she had ever eaten - not a pud I'm particluarly into, but if STF is your thing - go for it!
, left on 19 September 2003
Very comfortable hotel with pretty rooms, lots of pictures and antiques. High spot is the most wonderful shower. Hot, high pressure pump and very relaxing.

The bar is busy, friendly and does a wide range of excellent food. The beer is also very good, especially Landlord Bitter which is highly recommended and makes the long pull up Dent a distant memory.

Avoid the packed lunch which is appalling and very bad value. A grotty sandwich, apple, fruit drink and bag of Walkers crisps for £5.50!
Peter Bradley, left on 18 September 2003
The rooms are pleasant but don't opt for their packed lunch. It's expensive and the sandwiches are basically two slices of bread and a slither of butter with no trace of a filling whatsoever.
Tony Brown, left on 18 September 2003
This was one of our favorite places on the walk. Again, a bit more expensive than other places but such a treat after a long day. We were very happy here.
Janice Plante and Rod Getchell, left on 14 September 2003
I stayed here on the 25th May this year, I must agree with other recent comments. The Host and especially the Hostess would have rathered we weren't there. although she did smile when we were paying up the next morning. I notice comments of 12months or more ago are mainly positive, are there new managers/owners
Glen, left on 02 July 2003
Oh how times change... once where there was an atmosphere of welcome & quality [which one doesn't mind paying for] we found a cool reception... food ok, service poor, prices high, landlord rude & landlady offhand with almost everyone as far as we could tell. Sorry, but if you want the business you need to make the effort.
the doctors, left on 27 June 2003
We stayed at this hotel, the land lady was unwelcoming, unhelpful and snobby, it was not the kind of welcme we expected from the high price we were paying. The rooms were unclean, the food portions were small, the waitress and waiter on hand were very friendly and helpful, the land lady needs lessons off them. The Landlord looked like he was drunk the whole time we stayed there, didnt see him in a sober state. We will defiately not be staying there again and i advise other people not to. A very bad show, very different from how it used to be, very much downhill from the last owner.
Jenny Smith, left on 27 June 2003
My stay was "acceptable". Evening meal was ok, BF not bad. I had a nice room. The lady owner seemed a bit stressed out and not totally welcoming. Havoing said all that, I would stay there again.
B Bert, left on 20 June 2003
The food in this lovely inn was simply fabulous, with an extremely friendly waiter at hand. The only encountered problem was the sour faced landlady, who seemed too busy and too snobby to help one with any problem. Beer was very good, but the hotel seems to be lacking a cleaner - i have never stopped in such a filthy room!!Breakfast was dissapointing with a clear lack of staff and choice. Generally dissapointing, wouldn't recommend due to rudeness and poor value for money.
Natalie Smith, left on 19 June 2003
We agree with others, that whilst food is fine with the exception of breakfast, where there was a shortage of staff and more limited menu, the accomodation was relatively expensive. Of course, this is a hotel! May 2003
Sally and Michael Woodley, left on 14 June 2003
Still great this year. Great tee-shirt, fine meals, and wonderful hosts.
Howard Smale, left on 29 May 2003
It was very good news, not having to have to walk to the pub, after our first day on the path!! I go along with Paula and Tina Jones, everything was ok but it was our most expensive stay and the smallest breakfast, not particularly good value for money.
Trevor Lewis, left on 29 May 2003
Very friendly and helpful, particularly with the necessary drying out ! Great food, great beer and a handy sewing kit for essential repairs to the rucsac ! Great coffee at breakfast too.
martin page, left on 18 May 2003
A great place. Food & room excellent ! Even provided bucket & scrubbing brush to clean boots. Thanks.
Ray Baldwin, left on 08 September 2002
Good accommodation; good food; good atmosphere. Excellent packed lunch provided. Parking provided at neighbours for duration of our walk. Great!
Richard Bell, left on 31 August 2002
Arrived wet. My boots were immediately whisked away for drying and the same offered for my clothes. Good vegetarian choice of food and apparently their Sticky Toffee pudding is hard to better!
victoria, left on 14 August 2002
Although the room and food were good we felt it was over priced.
Paul & Tina Jones, left on 11 August 2002
Friendly, large clean ensuite room and good food. Recommended.
Keith Rustidge, left on 24 July 2002
Good meal complete with Morris Dancers on the road.
Tedi Siminowsky and Michael Sosin, left on 27 June 2002
Great Pub - good food. Nice, clean & comfortable accomodation. Useful Weather board. Great packed lunch. Would recommend to anyone.
Lynda Barnes, left on 19 June 2002
sorry hadn`t checked the site for ages, if u need any info on the walk e-mail address is
john boyle & paul thompson, left on 05 April 2002
hi wondering if it would be possible to speak/email
with John Boyle and Paul Thompson who reviewed several places along there walk for charity.
Could you passs on my email to them or give me theirs??
caroline Freedman
Caroline Freedman, left on 25 November 2001
Food was class, but you hard core walkers should do it east to west, we did it for charity in 10 days , dont be such pussys. but hey still a class place to stay 9 out of 10 for food.10 out of 10 for atmosphere and welcome. !!!!!!!!!!
john boyle & paul thompson, left on 21 October 2001
this is a really good pub for walkers and would be great for non walkers too. we had a friendly welcome drying facilities splendid (luckily) extremely comfortable rooms and excellent food
Trottie Kirwan, left on 11 October 2001
A class act. Best overall atmosphere on the trip. Unique weather board, and a welcome respite after Dent.
Howard Smale, left on 13 January 2001
What can we say --- this country inn exceeded our expectations in every way!
From the ambience, the service, the food (the beer!), the rooms, the friendliness, it was
all magnificent. Keep up the excellence, Chris and Judy.
(P.S. Don't be discouraged by the aged owner of the Post Office who insists the only way to do the C2C is from east to west!)
Chris and Judy Legeyt, left on 04 November 2000


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