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Welcome to The Royal Oak, Spark Bridge.Nestled in the small former Bobbin Mill Village of Spark Bridge, within the Lake District National Park, The Royal Oak is a Husband & Wife ran Traditional Country Pub situated on the River Crake. The Royal Oak is a typically Lake District characteristic B&B Pub, compromising of a Real Open Fire, comfy traditional surroundings, Real Ales, good home-cooked food and cosy en-suite B&B rooms, all with a warm welcome.The Royal Oak makes a great base for exploring the Lake District National Park, being close to Coniston and Coniston Water and with easy access to Grizedale, Hawkshead, Lake Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere and the town of Ulverston.
Whether you’ve spent the day walking one of the many fells, cycling one of the national cycle routes, mountain biking in Grizedale, kayaking on Coniston Water or shopping in Ambleside, The Royal Oak is the perfect place to finish the day with a traditional Ale in front of a real fire with some delicious home-cooked food. Once fed and watered why not retreat to one of our comfy ensuite B&B rooms.
The Royal Oak & Spark Bridge History
The village of Spark Bridge is a small village steeped in the history of the Lake District Bobbin Mill industry. The Royal Oak itself dates back to before the days of the original Bobbin Mill of Spark Bridge, which was situated on the banks of the River Crake, running from the southern tip of Coniston Water to Greenodd.
The site where the Bobbin Mill stood on the river bank was once an Iron Foundry which dated back to medieval times. This was converted into the Bobbin Mill in 1850. The Royal Oak itself dates back to the 17th Century, (1600’s) it was previously used as a house for the manager of the mill, who lived here with his family for many years. This house was converted into The Royal Oak in the late 1700’s/early 1800’s and was mainly frequented by the workers of the Bobbin Mill many of whom lived in the cottages of Spark Bridge.
The Bobbin Mill thrived for many years producing wooden Cotton Bobbins until the 1930’s when it was converted to the production of bobbins for electrical wire, eventually closing it’s doors in the 1970’s after surviving both World Wars. Many of the buildings housing the Bobbin Mill are now houses and many of the old workers cottages have now become Holiday Cottages.