Enjoy ‘winter warmer’ trains on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Passengers can extend the festive season with a trip to Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway to experience the wonder of winter in the spectacular Western Lake District between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day 2024.

With the excitement of the big day over, special ‘winter warmer’ trains are a great way to take in one of the most scenic narrow gauge railway routes in the UK.

Along the seven-mile journey, passengers can enjoy panoramic views of the Cumbrian coast and dramatic mountain scenery between the Lake District National Park’s only coastal village in Ravenglass – also part of two World Heritage Sites - and Dalegarth in the stunning Eskdale Valley.

As part of the continuing festivities, everyone boarding one of the festive trains with a full-line return ticket during this period (26 December to 1 January) can warm up with a complimentary cup of non-alcoholic festive fruit punch and a mince pie.

To add a little sparkle, visitors will see the engines dressed in their festive outfits. All of the stations will be adorned with Christmas decorations and offer great vantage points for the best photo opportunities at the turntables and passing loops. The railway’s cafes, gift shops and the Ravenglass Railway museum will also be open while trains are running.

Walks from Ravenglass station range from a 5-minute stroll to the beach offering views of the estuary, to a 5km walk to the Roman Bath House and Muncaster Castle. 

At the other end, passengers can stroll into Boot Village from Dalegarth, with another short walking loop along Annes Walk via St Catherine’s Church. (It is recommended walkers take an OS map, as well as checking weather forecast conditions and train times beforehand).

Tickets are available online to book the popular winter warmer trains running between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, at: www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk


Notes to Editors:

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is a family-owned business operating one of the oldest and longest narrow-gauge railways in England, on the Western Coast of the Lake District. Affectionately known as La’al Ratty, the railway is surrounded by stunning views and walks and is based in Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park.

For further information, contact: Heather Sewell, hsewell@cumbriatourism.org / 07795 487003.