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Ravenglass is a coastal hamlet within the Lake District National Park, and lies on the estuary of three rivers – the Esk, the Mite and the Irt. Ravenglass became an important naval base for the Romans in the 2nd century, GLANNAVENTA, though little remains of this now.
Once iron ore, granite and copper ore were brought to the estuary by narrow gauge railway from mines near Boot, about 8 miles away. This line has been preserved as the ‘Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway‘, now a major tourist attraction.
The Station is at the same site as the Ravenglass Station on the Barrow-Whitehaven-Carlisle coast line.
A mile or so away is Muncaster Castle, with its splendid gardens.
Nearby Drigg Dunes was an important nature reserve, home to Europe’s largest colony of Black Headed Gulls in the 1960s and 1970s. In the late 70s and 80s the population of gulls and terns crashed. By 1985 there were no breeding black headed gulls at Drigg. We’re currently looking to further update this information.