The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England, known affectionately as La’al Ratty meaning “little railway“ in olde Cumbrian dialect. It was 105 years ago in April 1913 that the original 3ft line closed and in 1915 the new 15in La’al Ratty was born. Our heritage steam engines transport passengers from Ravenglass, the only coastal village located in two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Lake District National Park and Frontiers of the Roman Empire Hadrians Wall, to Dalegarth for Boot some 210ft above sea level.
The line is seven miles long with a journey time of 40 minutes each way offering spectacular views over the estuaries and countryside with England’s highest mountains in the distance. There are great walks between and from the seven intermediate request stops Our cosy covered , half open and open top carriages provide the best of comfort and views as you travel up the line. Our main season runs from March until October however we operate trains during November and December for Christmas through to New Year,
En route keep your eyes peeled for Greylag Geese, Curlew, Shelduck, Red Squirrels and Buzzards. On arrival at Dalegarth there is something for everyone, with our café serving homemade treats, a gift shop with plenty of pocket money gifts as well as great trails and walks to explore in this beautiful corner of the Lake District National Park. The Eskdale Mill is a must see when you are in Boot village, just a five minute walk from Dalegarth Station.
The journey itself was one of Alfred Wainwright's favourites and immortalised in his Walks from Ratty and ‘Britain’s Favourite View’, Wastwater is just around the corner.