Posted 22nd April 2021

Full steam ahead as famous Lake District railway gets back on track

One of the UK’s best-known heritage railway lines will welcome passengers back to explore the spectacular landscape of the Western Lake District and the Cumbrian coastline from next week.


The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, known affectionately by locals as ‘La’al Ratty’,

will re-open for the first time in more than four monthsfrom Tuesday 27 April.


The iconic attraction’s phased return will see a new private ‘events’ carriage named Ruth being added in the coming weeks. Passengers can also extend their experience with two newly transformed ‘camping coaches’ being unveiled as quirky self-catering accommodation at Ravenglass station from mid-May.

The railway takes a scenic seven-mile journey from the Lake District’s only coastal village at Ravenglass through dramatic mountain scenery to Dalegarth in the Eskdale Valley, with online itineraries and inspiration available to help people explore from the stations. 


Passengers can now also order ‘click and collect’ picnic boxes to enjoy en-route using a newly launched app for both The Turntable at Ravenglass and ‘Fellbites’ at Dalegarth.


We are thrilled that passengers can jump onboard the railway once again,” says Rachel Bell, Head of Marketing & Development at Lake District Estates.  Giving people back their sense of freedom and helping them to reconnect with nature is such an important part of what the railway can offer to people as we look forward to a more positive summer.


“Of course, things may look a little bit different, but we’ve introduced plenty of added safety measures to ensure that all passengers have to worry about is enjoying the view and exploring some much-missed destinations in the tranquil, wide open spaces of the Western Lake District.”


Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway has had the official stamp of approval for its wide range of

COVID-safe measures, including VisitEngland’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation and the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ endorsement.  That includes everything from enhanced cleaning regimes to special training for staff to ensure social distancing measures are being followed at all times.


All seats are pre-bookable only, including the railway’s first-class observation carriage, which boasts panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. Face coverings must be worn onboard.


See Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway’s new timetables and book online.


To book a wheelchair, call 01229 717171. Dogs are welcome at £1.50 each, but bikes can’t be brought on board for the time being.




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