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).

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