Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Since 1875, the Railway has connected the mines of the Eskdale valley with the former strategic Roman port of Ravenglass. Originally built to a 3ft gauge, it was re-gauged in 1915 by famous model maker Bassett-Lowke. La’al Ratty, its local nickname, means “little railway” in olde Cumbrian dialect.
Today, the Railway is an award winning heritage visitor attraction and Lake District icon, living up to its “must do” reputation for all ages. Their heritage steam engines transport passengers from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lake District National Park, to Dalegarth for Boot some 210ft above sea level. The seven mile journey from coast to mountain traverses the nature reserves of the Ravenglass estuary before ascending through ancient woodlands towards the foothills of England’s highest Mountains, the Scafell range. En route keep your eyes peeled for Greylag Geese, Curlew, Shelduck, Red Squirrels and Buzzards.
The journey takes 40 minutes each way and passes seven intermediate request stops which are perfect for walking. Cosy covered and open top carriages provide the best of comfort and views as you travel up the line. And with the introduction of a brand new 1st Class Observation Carriage, you can upgrade and travel in true luxury!
Excellent facilities at both ends of the line make for a truly great all weather day out. At Ravenglass you will find the recently renovated Ravenglass Railway Musuem. Free to enter, this is where you will discover the history of the Railway and can even get hands on with the interactive exhibits. Turntable Café, located on platform one is the perfect place to grab a drink or treat before heading up the line. Upon arrival at Dalegarth there is something for everyone, with Fellbites Café serving homemade treats, a gift shop with plenty of pocket money gifts as well as great trails and walks to explore in this beautiful corner of the Lake District National Park.
The Railway’s main season runs from March until October however trains do operate during November and December for Christmas.
Mountain Goat's High Adventure tour includes a ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway! Have a look here, can we tempt you?
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