The slower pace of life in rural Bootle and its surrounding hamlets and villages is a world away from the hustle and bustle of some of the Lake District's most popular destinations. There's a definite calmness and serenity that makes it hard not to unwind and relax just a mile or so away from the Cumbrian coastline.
The village of Bootle is sandwiched between the Irish Sea on one side and two fells on the other, Bootle Fell and Black Combe. The latter proves testing terrain for fell runners every year in an annual race and it's claimed that you can see as far as the Isle of Man and Snowdonia from the summit on a clear day.
Cottages in Bootle have access to a bakery, café, pub and village shop, as well as a railway station, which also serves the neighbouring hamlet of Hycemoor. Annaside is other village worth a visit.
The haunted Muncaster Castle, which has over 70 acres of garden and an owl centre containing over 200 birds, is roughly 10 miles north of Bootle, while other noteworthy attractions within reasonable driving distance of the village include the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Ulverston and the picturesque Cartmel racecourse.