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Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Opened 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.

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