Welcome to Lakeland's oldest, longest and most scenic railway!
Steam to the Hills on-board England’s longest narrow gauge heritage Steam Railway and home to the World’s oldest narrow gauge steam engine, River Irt built in 1894. This is a journey to delight all ages with seven miles of ever changing countryside and coastal scenery from the Western Lake District Coastal village of Ravenglass to England’s highest mountains at the terminus station.
Join us as we journey from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, across the estuary, through the hills, past seven request stops with a 1:55 gradient at times, en route to our final destination, Dalegarth-for-Boot Station. This is a sunny and wet weather attraction with open top and closed carriages for your comfort and the best views. The journey itself was one of Wainwright's favourites, crossing seven miles of spectacular scenery to the foot of England's highest mountains, the Scafell Range!
There are lots of things to do including shopping facilities, a museum to explore, adventure playgrounds to conquer, places to eat and drink with free Wi-Fi and plenty of trails and walks to discover in this beautiful corner of the Lake District National Park - there really is something for everyone!
Opening times vary according to season See our timetable for more details. This is the just the start of your adventure right here!
We have put together a selection of memorable experiences. So if you’re looking to treat that someone special or celebrate an occasion, we may have just what you're looking for.
Travel in style when you upgrade to our first class observation carriage affectionately known as Joan. Sit back and relax while you enjoy the benefits of first class for just £5.00 per person for a single journey. Joan is also available to hire for private use for a single or return journey.
Our Cream Tea & Steam Experience remains one of the most popular experiences. Travel through the enchanting Cumbrian landscape towards Dalgarth where the culinary delights at Fellbites Café await you, before stepping back into your train carriage and meandering your way back to Ravenglass.
Eskdale Belle is a beautifully crafted coach available for private hire. Spend precious time with friends and family creating memories that can be treasured for a life time.
For further information about all experiences please visit our website.
Also at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Cafes and gift shops at both ends of the line, exclusive 'Walks from Ratty' with Wainwright, cycle trails and cycle hire. Children's adventure play area at Dalegarth and free Wi-Fi on site.
Fellbites Café serves everything from hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and homebaked cakes, to full meals made to order. Wherever possible our chefs use local ingredients to ensure a taste of Lakeland with a sprinkling of flair! Our modern premises sits 60 people at any one time, while there are further tables available in The Eskdale Room which can be reserved for groups, children's parties or celebratory occasions. More information on Fellbites Café, including menus and special offers can be found on our website.
The Turntable Cafe
The Turntable Café, located on Platform 1 serves a wide array of food from hearty full meals to simple light bites and of course lots of sweet treats! There is a spacious seating area downstairs overlooking the Platform and a large vaulted seating area upstairs, with an exterior link to the children's play area. The upstairs area can seat approximately 50 persons and can be reserved for children's parties, celebrations or coach groups. The Turntable Café also has a selection of group and private function menus for larger groups. Free Wi-Fi on site.
Electric bike charge point
An electric bike charge point is located at Dalegarth Station. An electric bike charge point is also available at Ravenglass.
The Turntable Café, Ravenglass Gift Shop, Information Centre, Railway Museum, Cycle Trails, Fellbites Café, Scafell Gift Shop, The Eskdale Room, The Ratty Arms, Free Wi-Fi, Free commentary app and Children's Playgrounds. Both stations have private function rooms and catering facilities which are ideal for private functions, parties and conferences.
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* The 'Eskdale Valley Explorer' will be running on the 6th and 7th, 13th and 14th of November, and the 'Eskdale Festive Express' will be running from the 26th of December to the 2nd of January 2022 - dates inclusive. Further information can be found on our website.
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BY ROADFrom 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 RAILLeave 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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