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Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway // Ravenglass

Ravenglass and Eskdale

Perhaps one of the most scenic traditional railways in the country winding through woodland and fells of the Lake District.

One of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England, the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is also known locally as La'al Ratty which means "little railway" in olde Cumbrian dialect.

Journey from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, across the protected nature reserves of the estuary and through the ancient woodlands and fells calling at Muncaster Mill, Irton Road, The Green and Beckfoot before reaching Dalegarth station in Eskdale.

This fantastic route crosses seven miles of spectacular scenery to the foot of England's highest mountains, the Scafell Range, and takes approximately 40 minutes. En route you'll take in some of the country's best scenery and keep your eyes open for Greylag Geese, Curlew, Shelduck, Buzzards and Red Squirrel.

Over 120,000 people take trips of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway every year, and there are closed and open top carriages, with the oldest locomotive having parts which date back to 1894. Don't forget to drop into the railway museum at Ravenglass filled with various models, photographs and relics.

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway originally opened in 1875 to bring ion ore from Eskdale to Ravenglass. It closed in 1913 and following work to turn it into a 15in line, it reopened two years later.

 

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