Ravenglass and Dalegarth for Boot are the two stations between which Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway gives passengers a really memorable day and atmospheric journey. Ravenglass is the Lake District’s only coastal village and Dalegarth, nestles close to England’s tallest mountains near the village of Boot.
Groups of railway enthusiasts always find much to thrill them at the line known locally as ‘The Ratty’, but this year they can get up close to the locomotives Bonnie Dundee and Synolda, which will be on static display at the Family Fun Weekend.
Other group visitors to the Railway are often to be seen wearing walking boots – and little wonder! There are many trails and walks to explore from the Railway, whether you are brandishing binoculars and in search of birds, or wandering in search of a waterfall.
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway has its own little gem of a walks booklet in the form of ‘Walks From Ratty’. This was especially written for the Railway by renowned walker, Arthur Wainwright, and it features 10 detailed and illustrated walks, each of which starts and ends at a station on The Ratty’s line.
A day out with Ravenglass and Eskdale gives a group the opportunity to drink in stunning scenery, while enjoying the longest and oldest steam railway journey in the Lake District. Passengers are always engrossed in their trip, which features a 1:55 gradient at times and highlights such as Rock Point, hidden Miterdale and the mighty Scafell range.
Whether dropping 20 feet to the valley of the River Esk, or slowly climbing the track, there is something to talk about en route throughout the tranquil journey.
Services on the Railway start to run again, following a short winter break, during February half term 2014, with a full service commencing in the middle of March and going right through to November 2. During late November and December, the Santa trains run for children and schools and services carry on through the Christmas and New Year period before the locos are allowed to have a little rest.
Added to all this are some new developments for 2014. There are new interpretation line panels at key stations thanks to funding from the Hadrian’s Wall Trust and a brand new commentary App to download from www.ravenglass-