Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway for kids
Grid Ref : SD 085964 and NY 173007
Ravenglass, CA18 1SW. Tel 01229 717171.
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The train journey takes you in small quaint carriages from Ravenglass, which is a small village on the coast, through beautiful countryside calling at Muncaster Mill, Irton Road, The Green, and Beckfoot before finally reaching reaching Dalegarth station, near Boot in Eskdale.
At both of these end stations there is ample parking for parents’ cars, and both stations have a tearoom serving meals and snacks suitable for kids and adults, and kids playgrounds.
There are gift shops at both end stations selling all sports of railway related toys, books and gifts. One of these is a small booklet by the famous guidebook writer Wainwright, describing a variety of short walks you can take from various points along the railway.
At Dalegarth station is a plaque saying the recently restored station was officially opened by Pete Waterman (record producer and lover of all things train related!).
From Dalegarth you can walk to the ancient but still working Eskdale Mill, to the small but impressive Stanley Ghyll waterfall, or explore the local countryside. On the walk to the waterfall the route passes over an old bridge over the river – a popular places for swimming in the river.
It isn’t far (by car) from Dalegarth Station to Hardknott Roman Fort – just a little way up the famous Hardknott Pass. Well worth a visit if you like ancient Roman Forts to explore!