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Ravenglass VillageRavenglass
Cumbria CA18 1SW

 

 

Ravenglass is a coastal hamlet within the Lake District National Park in north-west England, and lies on the tidal estuary of three rivers - the Esk, the Mite and the Irt.

The estuary provided a natural harbour and naval base for the Romans in the 2nd century. They had a large fort guarding the most southerly point of the Cumbrian coastal defence system. It was an extension of Hadrian’s Wall and the start of the regional supply route through Hardknott Pass. Little remains of the fort now except for the remarkable bath house, known as Walls Castle.

Revenglass is typical of many isolated coastal villages – a narrow main street following the edge of the estuary, small houses on each side with the ones nearest the water backing on to a sea wall. The muddy tidal flats are dotted with small boats and paraphernalia. The silence is punctuated by the mournful cries of sea birds.

Local Pubs are the Village Social Hub
There are no seaside entertainments so social activities take place in the local pubs where good food and drink are served.
 
Accommodation
Surprisingly for such a small place there is quite a lot of accommodation – two hotels, guest houses, B & Bs and a large camping and caravanning site. The village community website is a useful link Web: Ravenglass Village/ Accommodation
 
 
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway 
The main Cumbrian Coast Railway line passes through Ravenglass and each year thousands of visitors disembark at the station to travel on the famous narrow gauge Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
 
The little railway climbs through beautiful Lake District scenery to Eskdale at the foot of England’s highest mountain peak, Scafell. The eastern terminus is Dalegarth in Boot Village. The railway was built in 1875 to carry iron ore and copper mined near Boot.
 
Ravenglass is the western terminus and is located beside the main line station. It has a large car park, a ticket office with tourist information, a tea-room and a railway museum with a wealth of relics, photographs, models and an audio-visual show.
 
Between the two stations is the Ratty Arms, housed in the old Station House. This is an excellent CAMRA pub serving wholesome home-cooked food.
 
Muncaster Castle
A mile or so away is Muncaster Castle & Owl Centre. Nearby, Drigg Dunes, is an important nature reserve, and home to Europe's largest colony of Black Headed Gulls. 
 
Contact & Further Information
 
Getting There
- By Road
Ravenglass is just off the A595 
 
- By Rail
Cumbrian Coast Line trains stop at Ravenglass Station Web: National Rail Enquiries.

The narrow gauge heritage Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway carries visitors from Dalegarth (Boot Village) in the beautiful Eskdale Valley to the coastal hamlet of Ravenglass and return. The train is in service all year.

There is a good 'Getting There' map on the Visit Cumbria/ Ravenglass website - link above. 

Google Maps - Ravenglass Cumbria