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Refer to Timetable - dependant on time of year


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The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest narrow gauge steam railways in the UK. Originally built in 1875 the Railway now runs to a gauge of 15 inches and journeys from the only coastal village in the National Park, Ravenglass, to the foot of the highest mountains in England, the Scafells. On the way you will journey through 7 miles of ever changing Lake District scenery.

Each of the locos including River Irt, the oldest working 15” gauge engine in the world, travel some 6,000 miles per year on average, hauling trains consisting of ‘breath of fresh air’ open carriages, practical open-sided ones and cosy covered saloons. That’s more trains, on a longer line, than any other heritage railway in the Lake District.

As you might expect with Britain’s Favourite View and deepest lake in the next valley, England’s highest mountain at its head, Eskdale and indeed all the railway, is in the Lake District National Park – simply surrounded by spectacular beauty.Watch out for Red Squirrels, Buzzards and our favourite Herdwick sheep en route.

All children get a free Ratty Scratchcard and a chance to meet him in person in the summer months.


Fares vary please refer to timetable information


Children’s play area at Dalegarth & Ravenglass– great fun! WALKING – exclusive, Wainwright’s ‘Walks from Ratty’ – 10 walks specially described for us by the great man –includes Stanley Ghyll Force. Steam and Ramble too! CYCLING – bike hire at Dalegarth, cycle carriages on the trains (full line journeys only – please pre-book), bespoke cycle trails EATING – Cumbrian cooking with flair, Ratty lunchboxes for the kids, at Fellbites Eatery and The Turntable, home-baking at both ends of the line SHOPPING – Two inspirational gift shops with great lines for all pockets and tastes, including new railway mementoes for a wider audience FAMILY TIME – Look out for La’al Ratty our water-vole stationmaster – shake a paw in the summer holidays!

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