Eskdale and its surroundings make ideal walking territory for serious ramblers and strollers alike. Wily Lord Wakefield commissioned the legendary fell-walker Wainwright to prepare a unique piece of print for the railway - Walks from Ratty ... This booklet, supplemented by Steam and Ramble, guarantee an ideal combination of travel by steam and walks in the most delightful of surroundings.
'Walks from Ratty' - Compiled by A Wainwright
Meticulously researched and painstakingly illustrated, Wainwright describes 10-walks 'made available to walkers by the use of the Eskdale Railway'.
1) Muncaster Fell, 2) Irton Fell, 3) Miterdale, 4) Blea Tarn, 5) Burnmoor Tarn, 6) Eel Tarn, 7) Dalegarth Force, 8) A Riverside Walk, 9) Hardknott Roman Fort, and 10) Harter Fell.
50p from the sale of each copy of 'Walks from Ratty' is currently being donated to the Lake District Tourism and Conservation Partnership.
The Western Lakes is a fantastic place to explore at any time of the year! So why not pull on a pair of walking boots and step outside with one of these spectacular, seasonal walks!? Download PDF's of walking routes below.
Visiting the Railway by train? Well, here are some fantastic walks from nearby stations Drigg, Foxfield, Millom, Seascale, Silecroft, St. Bees and our own intermediate stations. Download PDF's of walking routes below.
If you like walking, but enjoy the rewarding pint of ale and slap-up meal at the end of it, then these are the walks for you! The Western Lake District has some fantastic walking routes and pubs to explore, here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Travel by train from Ravenglass to Dalegarth before following the carefully described walk taking in every station on the line back to Ravenglass. For the adventurous, there's an option to walk over the crest of Muncaster Fell, and it's easy to divert to Eskdale Green village too. The beauty of Steam and Ramble is that there literally is never a train far away!
Here in the Western Lakes we have an abundance of Wildlife, from a wide array of birds at the Ravenglass estuary to our native Red Squirrels which hide in Miterdale Forest, so when you set off on your walk from the Railway, make sure you keep your eyes peeled!
When out walking, why not take your camera to see if you can capture some of our spectacular wildlife in action. Wildzone is a website which is dedicated to promoting the wonderful variety of wildlife and wild places that Cumbria is home to, here you can upload your photos of wildlife! They would love to see them!