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“A great day out”

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
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The High Adventure: High Mountain Passes Spectacular from Windermere
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Reputedly the most beautiful train journey in England, this 15-inch, narrow gauge railway carries passengers along seven miles of scenic track, from the old Roman Port of Ravenglass (the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park) along the Eskdale Valley to Eskdale during a 40 minute ride. Experience the heritage steam engines on a stunning scenic day out.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A great day out”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

This is a lovely train ride with things to do at both ends and great walking opportunities along the way. The views are superb and contrast with the estuary at the Ravenglass end up to the high mountains surrounding the Dalegarth end. Trains are regular in the summer season and are both steam & diesel services.

There's a café at each end but the one at Dalegarth is the best. The adventure playground at Dalegarth has just been refurbished and will now not make your children's clothes quite so muddy!

There are a number of intermediate stations but for the smaller ones you must let the guard know you want to get off there. This can be worth doing as there are a number of good linear walks between stations, in particular the walk from Irton Road (about half way along) back to Ravenglass over Muncaster Fell. Excellent views and not too steep a climb although there are a few boggy sections.

One thing to note is that this attraction has a discount agreement with the Ullswater Steamers. So if you buy a full price ticket on one you get a 50% discount on the other any time within a year. Certainly worth doing if you're spending a few days in the Lakes. Also, if you're staying at the Pennington Hotel in Ravenglass, you can get a discount voucher for the railway.

If the weather is any good at all then you'll want to avoid the fully enclosed carriages as these are very cramped and restrict your view (and circulation!!). Best to get out in the open air. The trains don't go too fast and the train back at the end of a day at Ravenglass or Eskdale is a lovely time to unwind. Our children fell asleep on the journey back last time after a great day exploring Eskdale.

Visited April 2014
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“Excellent Train Journey”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

We took a trip on the R&ER from Eskdale to Ravenglass return with our two kids aged 1 & 3 and our dog. The fares were a little steep for the adults, the kids were free as they were under 5 and the dog was £1.50.

It was good fun and the kids loved it but i think the price of the adults return fare makes it prohibitively expensive for a family and there was no discount available to locals looking for a day out close to home whereas most lake district attractions have some kind of local's scheme.

There was very little to do in Ravenglass (don't go there expecting a shops and activities). Took a walk on the beach and then lunch at the Ratty Arms next to the station where you can get a good value lunch and drink and kids and dogs were welcome.

Visited August 2014
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“A great day out”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

A great way to spend a day out. Take the railway up to Boot and then decide what you want to do. Boot village is only 15 min away but don't miss the turning. If you do it's still a nice walk down to the Woolpack Inn for a beer or bite to eat. In Boot there is a nice pup and a fascinating old water mill to visit. A waterfall can be visited and a short walk away is the lovely St Catherine's church. If you want a walk back down to the Green station about 2 miles away just head for the church then cross the river and follow the signs then catch the train back to Ravenglass. At the end of the walk bear left passed the pub to the station not right as that directs you back to Boot. A great day out to plan as you want.

Visited August 2014
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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“Made my husband happy!”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

As my husband is a steam railway fan we usually go and find one when on holiday. It has been over 10 years since I did this trip but my husband is a more frequent tripper on the railways. A jolly little railway with some lovely views. As we had to sit as close to the engine as possible it was a breezy but sunny ride from Ravenglass, if somewhat hard on the nether regions! On the return trip I opted for an enclosed carriage with padded seat (hubby was taking yet more photographs), and this was much more comfortable. Helpful and knowledgeable staff who are passionate about what they do. A lot of work goes into keeping these attractions running so they deserve to get as many people visiting as possible. All in all a very enjoyable afternoon.

Visited August 2014
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“Worth a visit for Adults and children”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Frequent trains - enjoyed visiting the Mill at Boot. Also the Museum on the platform was very interesting (free - can give a donation).

Visited August 2014
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