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Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Last updated: 26 March, 2024

First opened in 1875, this 7-mile line from Ravenglass to Dalegarth chugs along a scenic valley, and was originally built to ferry iron ore from the mines out to the coast.

Affectionately known as La’al Ratty, the miniature trains puff up to the high point at Miterdale for spectacular views of the Scafell range.

Some of the trains are steam-powered, but others have diesel engines – so check the timetable if you’re particularly keen on steam.

Logistics

Price from: £12
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around
Duration: 40 minutes

Getting there & doing it

The trains travel the 7-mile route between Ravenglass and Dalesgarth. You can join from either station – follow the brown road signs. The journey takes 40 minutes each way.

When to do it

Trains runs daily March to December, and weekends in January and February. Departures are hourly from Ravenglass and Dalesgarth stations.

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Imposing mountains, wild landscapes, tranquil lakes and picturesque towns combine to make the Lake District uniquely beautiful, and one of the best places in Britain for walking, climbing, boating and biking.

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