The valley of Eskdale and its surroundings provide some of the best and most scenic walking routes within the National Park. If you are an experienced walker or just enjoy a stroll and combined with a trip on the railway make for a unique day out. Lord Wakefield commissioned the legendary fell-walker Wainwright to prepare a unique piece of print for the railway - Walks from Ratty . This booklet, supplemented by Steam and Ramble, is available to purchase in our railway gift shops.
Also, make sure you download our App which gives you various guided short walking routes in the areas around the Railway, perfect for all ages! Click here to download for free now.
Meticulously researched and painstakingly illustrated, Wainwright describes 10-walks 'made available to walkers by the use of the Railway'. 1) Muncaster Fell, 2) Irton Fell, 3) Miterdale, 4) Blea Tarn, 5) Burnmoor Tarn, 6) Eel Tarn, 7) Dalegarth Force, 8) A Riverside Walk, 9) Hardknott Roman Fort, and 10) Harter Fell. 50p from the sale of each copy of 'Walks from Ratty' is currently being donated to Nurture Lakeland.
Some walking route ideas available to view here
There is a rich biodiversity of wildlife in the valley, from various species of migratory and resident birds at the Ravenglass estuary to the native Red Squirrels which hide in Miterdale Forest. When out walking, why not take your camera to see if you can capture some of our spectacular wildlife . Wildzone is a website which is dedicated to promoting the wonderful variety of wildlife and wild places that Cumbria is home to, here you can upload your photos of wildlife!