The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is . . .
located in one of the most spectacular parts of the Lake District National Park. Your journey with us will take you from Cumbria's only coastal village, through two beautiful valleys to the foot of England's highest mountains.
Welcome to Cumbria's only coastal village and the starting point of your seven mile journey with us. The trains travel from Ravenglass across Barrow Marsh, home to many birds including oyster catchers and ringed plovers; so make sure you keep your eyes peeled and have your camera at the ready! Most visitors start their journey at Ravenglass, often calling in the Turntable café to enjoy the best in home-baking.
The first intermediate station at Muncaster Mill is a request stop. Passing the old water-mill, now a private residence
still a haven for red squirrels and far away from roads, cars and other signs of modern life. Views of craggy Muncaster Fell dominate, although all should look out for our unique boat-type shelter at Miteside halt.
Probably the most spectacular point of all in Miterdale is Rock Point, a place where the line swings around a rugged promontory high above the river and affording good views of the Scafell range, particularly in winter. Look out for Saddleback pigs foraging on the adjacent land!
Irton Road station, the only original building on the line, serves the western end of Eskdale Green village. From here, the line falls some 20 feet to the valley of the River Esk and the skyline is dominated from now by craggy Harter Fell which stands some 2160 feet above sea level. After passing through Eskdale Green Station the engines climb the steepest section of the line known as Hollinghow Bank.
After passing through The Green Station the engines climb the steepest section of the line known as Hollinghow Bank.
A further request stop at Fisherground, mainly used by holidaymakers staying at the nearby campsite, follows, before the line arrives at Gilbert's cutting, undoubtedly one of the most photographic points on the line.
The railway runs on a ledge above the valley road, passing the old 250' quarry face at Beckfoot, the final request stop. The last section of the line takes the form of a further steep climb through Beckfoot Wood, before levelling out and curving round to the station at Dalegarth, which nestles at the foot of England's highest mountain - Scafell Pike.