The Ravenglass railway is a beautiful steam railway set in the wonderful Cumbrian scenery. The Ravenglass & Eskdale railway is one of the longest and oldest narrow gauge railways in England. It spans Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, across the estuary, through the hills, past seven request stops with a 1:40 gradient at times, and seven miles up the track to Dalegarth for Boot Station is the end of the line. The journey itself was one of Wainwright’s favourites, crossing seven miles of spectacular scenery to the foot of England’s highest mountains, the Scafell Range (3,209ft) at their peak.
If you would like to follow our walk route you can find it on our Ravenglass walk page. A brief description: “This walk is an easy family walk in the beautiful coastal village of Ravenglass, a small part of the Cumbrian Coast which falls within the Lake District National Park.”
Ravenglass Railway History
A brief except from the history:” The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway was originally built way back in 1873 and was commercially opened on the 24th May 1875. The Railway’s main purpose was to transport hematite iron ore, that was being mined in the hills above the village of Boot, down to Ravenglass where it could be transferred onto the Furness Railway’s mainline to Barrow. The Railway was also open to passenger traffic (beginning in 1876) and was built to the narrow gauge of 3ft between the rails, this made the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway the first public narrow gauge Railway in England!”
Things to do
The railway includes amenities such as: The Turntable Café, Ravenglass Gift Shop, Information Centre, Railway Museum, Cycle Trails, Fellbites Café, Scafell Gift Shop, The Eskdale Room, The Ratty Arms, Free Wi-Fi, Free commentary app and Children’s Playgrounds. Both stations have private function rooms and catering facilities which are ideal for private functions, parties and conferences.
Ravenglass is open daily in the February half term, then from mid March until November. It is also open weekends and Santa special days in December (Check their site for further details). Open through Boxing day – New year period. Please see our website for more detailed information.
Address and contact info
Adult Return (unlimited travel for the day) = £13.20
Child Return (aged 5-15 inclusive – unlimited travel for the day) = £6.60
Child (under 5) = FREE
Adult Single = £7.20
Child Single (aged 5-15 inclusive) = £3.60
Family Return – (2 adults & 2 children – unlimited travel for the day) = £37.00
Ratty Rover Pass (Five full days of unlimited travel) Adult = £40.00 Child = £20.00, Family (2 adults & 2 children) = £110.00
Dogs = £1.50 per journey
Cycles = £3.50 per journey (Cycles must be pre-booked)
Fantastic group rates
The prices are correct as of publication, but check their website for up to date information.