Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

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Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England, known affectionately as La’al Ratty meaning “ little railway “ in olde Cumbrian dialect. It was 100 years ago in April 1913 that the original 3ft line closed and in 1915 the new 15in La’al Ratty was born. The heritage steam engines transport passengers from Ravenglass , the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park and of huge significance in Roman times, being a significant last defence point of the infamous Hadrians Wall, to Dalegarth for Boot some 210ft above sea level.

The journey itself was one of Wainwright favourites crossing through seven miles of spectacular scenery within sight of England’s highest mountains, the Scafell Range. The journey takes 40 minutes up the line from the protected nature reserves of the Ravenglass Estuary through ancient woodlands and fells of the Eskdale Valley. En route keep your eyes peeled for Greylag Geese, Curlew, Shelduck, Red Squirrels and Buzzards. The cosy covered and open top carriages provide the best of comfort and views as you travel up the line. On arrival there is something for everyone, with our cafe serving home made treats and gift shop with plenty of trails and walks to explore in this beautiful corner of the Lake District National Park. ‘Britain’s Favourite View’, Wastwater is just around the corner.

Choose to extend your visit to the Railway with a break at our Ravenglass Station. There are three self catering properties available to hire. Each property sleeps up to six persons and are ideally situated overlooking the line, bringing new meaning to the term 'railway sleeper'. Free travel on the railway for all self catering guests too!

Tickets and holiday breaks are available to book online and gift packages are also available.

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Journey through stunning scenery

Journey through stunning scenery

Steam engines

Steam engines

Seven mile train ride through the countryside

Seven mile train ride through the countryside

Ravenglass to Dalegarth

Ravenglass to Dalegarth

Different types of carriages for all weather days out

Different types of carriages for all weather days out

Spot the local wildlife

Spot the local wildlife

Cream tea gift experiences available

Cream tea gift experiences available

Great for walking in the Lake District

Great for walking in the Lake District

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Contact

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Main Street
Ravenglass
Cumbria
CA18 1SW
United Kingdom
01229717171
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