WOW! What a wonderful day out we had on the La’al Ratty, as it is known locally. The line was originally built in 1873 and it is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England. I will admit I don’t think any of us were expecting the train to be quite as miniature as it was! It really is a stunning 7 mile route at the foot of some of England’s highest mountains.
You are able to begin your journey from either Ravenglass or Dalegarth, most tend to embark at Ravenglass. However, for our day trip, we decided to park at Dalegarth for Boot station. There is a pay and display car park at both Ravenglass and Dalegarth as well as toilets, cafe and a play area.
Why begin at Dalegarth?
We decided to embark at Dalegarth as we were keen to explore Ravenglass before stopping for a bite to eat at the Turntable Cafe, located on Platform 1 of Ravenglass station. We took the 10.30am train from Dalegarth to Ravenglass and the 12.50pm return train. The seven mile long route takes approximately 40 minutes. We had plenty of time to enjoy our Ravenglass walk, before tucking in to a delicious lunch at the Turntable Cafe – the homemade sausage rolls are a must!
For further information on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, including timetables & fares, please click here.
To read our Ravenglass walk, please click here.
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A huge thank you to MyCumbria and Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway for gifting The Hiking Household this fantastic La’al Ratty trip – we will certainly be back to trial the many walks of Eskdale!