Environment

at Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway

Just some of the green things we get up to at the railway. View our Environmental Policy here.

Travel by train

Travel by train

Be green and leave the car behind. With great links to Northern Rail mainline, not only do you save money (up to £5.10 for an adult when buying a through ticket) but reduce your carbon footprint too!

Northern Rail services connect daily at Ravenglass with direct trains to Carlisle, Whitehaven, Barrow and Lancaster. The Cumbrian Coast line has some of the most beautiful lineside scenery anywhere in the country, so why not take a journey today! View the 2018 timetable here

Electric Car Charging

Electric Car Charging Points

It is now even more economical and environmentally friendly to visit the Railway, especially if you have an electric vehicle. At Dalegarth Station we have a free-to-use electric car charge point, so you can enjoy your day out with us, safe in the knowledge that you are saving your pennies and saving the planet too! 

Our Cafés

Ratty Rover

We have recently been working on ensuring that our cafés are fully environmentally friendly. At both Turntable and Fellbites cafés we have swapped plastic straws for paper straws, we have stopped using plastic sauce sachets and now use bottled sauces, all takeaway items are now served in compostable containers including wooden cutlery and compostable coffee cups. All fizzy drink bottles are now being swapped for aluminium cans or glass bottles and we are aiming to install water taps at both cafés so customers can refill their own bottles free of charge.

Biodiversity

Biodiversity

What better way to watch the rich biodiversity of wildlife in the area than onboard our tranquil little journey. Keep an eye out for Buzzards and Red Squirrels en route. As our little steam engines travel from Ravenglass across tidal Barrow Marsh, keep an eye out for Oyster Catchers and Ringed Plovers. There's so much to see on your journey, keep your eyes peeled and let us know what you spot!

Conservation

Conservation

As a company, we have also been promoters of conservation projects in the Lake District National Park. With donation schemes going towards footpath projects in the local area to help preserve this fragile environment for future generations to enjoy. You can also get involved in some of Nurture Lakelands' Visit, Give, Protect projects. 

Save our Squirrels

Save our Squirrels

Red Squirrels can often be spotted from our trains on the journey to Dalegarth in the mornings. Keep your eyes peeled as the train makes it's way through the woods near intermediate stations Miteside Halt and Murthwaite Halt. With Squirrel feeders located in the woods you will often spot these lovely little critters having breakfast! Unfortunately it is a sad fact that our native species is in decline and only clings onto a few pockets in England today. 

Check your Egglegs!

Check your Egglegs

We ran a campaign to check our #egglegs and found our eggs are born just 12 miles away! If you are interested in the environmental impact of purhasing local food and drink, you may find this information interesting. Click here to find out more on impacts of consumption.

Top tips for Travellers

Top tips for Travellers
  • Recycle your rubbish
  • Use public transport where possible
  • Have car free days on holiday
  • Walk and cycle instead of taking the car - more relaxed and you can really explore!
  • Eat local and stay local when visiting attractions
  • Holiday and visit businesses with Visitor Giving schemes in place
  • Purchase local crafts as souvenirs

Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint

You can calculate your carbon footprint here and learn how you can offset your holiday carbon footprint here.

We are striving to become a sustainable business and have taken the first steps to a 'greener' future.