What family day out is complete without your four-legged friend?! Here at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway we love to see dogs on trains! Dogs are welcome on board all of our trains (but not in the Pullman Obersavtion Carriage 'Joan') for a small charge and are also allowed in some of our buildings.
Leave Ravenglass Station via the ramp next to the turntable and at the top of the ramp take a left-hand turn. Follow the path to the end and then turn right at the road. Follow the road all the way down and the Roman Bath House will appear in to view on the left-hand side. This walk is great for dogs and is fully accessible.
Follow the instructions for the walk above to the Roman Bath House. After an investigation of the structure, continue on along the road until it splits in two. Take the unsurfaced road on the left towards ‘Knott View and Newtown’. (If you were to turn right you could do a shorter walk suitable for pushchairs). Continue on past the houses, Knott View Cottage and Newtown House, ignoring the path on your left and the drive on your right. After the buildings continue on the main track, with the stone wall at first on your left, then after a gate the wall is then on your right. As the track starts to move away from the wall and turns left, bear right onto a track heading towards a high stone wall with an unusually high gate. Having gone through the gate continue in the same direction downhill, across a field to find a gate in the wall at the other side. Shortly after leaving the field take the grassy path on the left and then a right onto the permitted route, through another gate, joining the Cumbrian Coastal way footpath. Turn right and follow the reed strewn path in the direction of the railway bridge, with the River Esk on your left and a stone wall on your right. Continue on the path, close to the wall and eventually go under the Carlisle to Barrow-in-Furness railway line. Bear right and keep the wall or fence on your right as you soon start walking on the beach in the direction of Ravenglass. On reaching the village you walk past its pretty cottages, giving you the chance to explore before walking underneath another stone bridge and arriving back at the railway car park.
Leave Dalegarth station and turn left along the valley road. At the crossroads go along the walled lane to the right. Follow this lane and it will lead you to St Catherine's Church. Don't forget to stop and explore the church here. Note the beautiful memorial to Tommy Dobson in the graveyard, his passion for fox-hunting is depicted on his gravestone. From the church, you can either cross the river via the stepping stones or head to the bridge to ensure your feet don't get wet! Then follow Anne's Walk through the woodland and head back to Dalegarth station as per instructions above.
Leave Dalegarth station and turn right along the valley road, then take the first lane on the left. Go through the gate signposted for 'Dalegarth Falls' and 'Anne's Walk' just after the bridge. Soon after the next gate the gravel path ends, keep straight on at the fingerpost, climbing the slope to the right. Keep walking until you see the waterfalls. Be careful here near the cliff edge as it is slippy. Retrace your steps back down to the fingerpost at the crossing of the paths. Then turn right at this fingerpost signed for 'Gill Force' and 'Doctor Bridge'. After the gate ignore the path to the right; keep straight on through the bracken. Don't cross the stepping stones to the left and instead continue along the riverbank towards Gill Force. After the next gate watch for a waymarker indicating a sharp turn to the right, this is quickly followed by another sharp turn to the left. Cross the River Esk via a bridge and walk downstream. At a pair of gates go through the one on the right, follow the path to a T-junction and then turn left. Take the next path turning on the right, turn right at the surfaced lane and right again at the T-junction to retrace your steps back to Dalegarth station.