Welcome to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway! We're the Lake District's oldest, longest and most scenic railway, and home to the world’s oldest narrow gauge steam engine, River Irt, built-in 1894.
Steam to the hills on board one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England and journey from the Western Lake District coastal village of Ravenglass, across seven miles of ever-changing spectacular scenery, past seven request stops and with a 1:55 gradient at times, to our final destination, Dalegarth for Boot, a picturesque station in view of England’s highest mountains. The journey itself was one of renowned fell walker Alfred Wainwright's favourites.
There is a selection of walks on offer from either end of the line. In a picturesque setting and the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, Ravenglass is favoured by those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life. Take the time to explore the Roman Bath House, stroll along the beach, or visit nearby Muncaster Castle. At the other end of the line, from Dalegarth for Boot station, you have the opportunity to hike into the craggy fells that surround the quiet Eskdale valley. A short walk will take you to the tiny village of Boot where you’ll find a couple of village inns and shops, a church, and Eskdale Mill, the last remaining working water-powered corn mill in the Lake District National Park. As an alternative, a popular option is to follow the exciting trail to Stanley Ghyll waterfall and the viewing platform.
Timetables and ticket information can be found on our website.
The combination of beautiful scenery, unique steam engines, and great walking opportunities, make the ‘La’al Ratty’ a fantastic day out for all the family. And one not to be missed!
We offer three types of carriage. Wrap up warm and enjoy the thrill of an open carriage, a semi-open which offers open sides and roof canopy, or choose a closed carriage which is just as exciting but offers protection from the weather on those not-so-dry days. Alternatively, why not upgrade? Travel in style and upgrade to Pullman Observation Carriage 'Joan', hop aboard our newest carriage, Director Saloon 'Ruth', or opt for our First Class Carriage. All carriages are available for private hire. Further details and prices can be found on our website.
Our carriages are also available for private hire. To find out more, contact us on 01229 717171.
We offer a selection of fantastic experiences for a truly unforgettable day out. If you’re looking to surprise someone special, celebrate an occasion, or simply fancy a mood-boosting day out, we may have just what you're looking for. Our ‘Cream Tea and Steam Experience’ remains one of the most popular. Travel through the enchanting Cumbrian landscape towards Dalgarth for Boot station where the culinary delights at Fellbites Café await you, before stepping back into your railway carriage and meandering back to Ravenglass.
NEW! Enjoy a delicious 'Cream Tea on the Move' as you journey through the beautiful western Lake District countryside on board Pullman Observation Carriage 'Joan' or Director Saloon 'Ruth'.
Monetary gift vouchers are also available.
We’re a Dog-Friendly Attraction
Dogs are welcome on board our steam trains for £1.50. (Dogs are not permitted in Pullman Observation Carriage 'Joan' or Director's Saloon 'Ruth'. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.) Assistance dogs are welcome throughout.
Facilities at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Include:
- Pay and display parking at both stations.
- There are two cafes at either end of the line. The Turntable Café is located on platform one at Ravenglass station and Fellbites at Dalegarth for Boot station. Opening times and menus vary according to each timetable.
- Toilets, baby changing facilities, and an accessible toilet at both stations.
- There is a gift shop at either end of the line.
- There is a children’s play area at either end of the line.
- The Railway Museum is located at Ravenglass.
- Free Wi-Fi is available at both the Turntable Café at Ravenglass and the station building at Dalegarth for Boot.
We aim to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone. For accessibility information, click here to visit our dedicated page.
If you require further information or have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01229 717171. Further information can be found on our website. We look forward to welcoming you on board.
For tickets and further information click here to visit our website.
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|Season (1 Mar 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
* Our main season runs from March until the end of October, however, we operate festive trains during December.
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.
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BY ROAD From M6 junction 36 follow the brown Western Lake District signs to Broughton-in-Furness, passing Newby Bridge on the A590 and turning right at Greenodd onto the A5092. From Broughton follow the A595 to Silecroft T junction (turn right) and beyond. From M6 junction 40 follow the brown Western Lake District signs past Keswick and Bassenthwaite Lake on the A66 towards Cockermouth. Turn left at the Cockermouth roundabout onto the A5086. Follow the A5086 to Egremont where it joins the A595. Turn left for Ravenglass following the A595. From Ambleside and Coniston, consider using the A593 passing through Torver before arriving at Broughton. From Windermere and Bowness take the A592 to Newby Bridge. Various scenic routes offer spectacular journeys. From the central lakes consider the dramatic Wrynose and Hardknott passes route to Eskdale but be aware of the 1-in-three ascents and descents, single track road and hairpin bends. Also look for Birker Fell, and the Corney Fell options on ordnance survey maps. Post Code CA18 1SW for Ravenglass Station Post Code CA19 1TF for Dalegarth for Boot Station
BY RAIL Leave the car behind and visit us by rail from Lancaster and Morecambe, Grange-over-Sands, Windermere, Preston, Carlisle and Oxenholme the Lake District - all key holiday destinations. Regular Northern trains travel on the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line between Carlisle, Whitehaven and Barrow calling at Ravenglass every day except Sunday. Save money with a through ticket: £4.00 off the normal combined adult fair, £2.00 off the child fare with even greater savings for railcard holders. You can buy these from station ticket offices or from conductors on the train. For more details on timetable and fare information visit the Northern Rail website or call 08457 48 49 50 Accessible by Public Transport: Ravenglass station is 0 miles away.
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