A sleepy coastal village at the estuary of three rivers, the Esk, Mite and Irt, RAVENGLASS is best known for being the starting point for the wonderful narrow-gauge Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. It’s worth taking some time to look around, though, before hopping on the train or heading out to Muncaster Castle, the other main local attraction. The single main street preserves a row of characterful nineteenth-century cottages facing out across the estuarine mud flats and dunes – the northern section, across the Esk, is a nature reserve where black-headed gulls and terns are often seen (get there by crossing over the mainline railway footbridge).Read More
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Ravenglass and Eskdale RailwayOpened in 1875 to carry ore from the Eskdale mines to the coastal railway, the 15-inch-gauge track of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway winds seven miles up through the Eskdale Valley to Dalegarth Station near Boot. The ticket lets you break your journey and get off and take a walk from one of the half-dozen stations en route; the full return journey, without a break, takes an hour and forty minutes. Another really good day out is to take your bike up on the train and cycle back from Dalegarth down the traffic-free Eskdale Trail.