Ravenglass View
Ravenglass View

About the Area

Ravenglass is the only coastal village within the Lake District National Park, and lies on the estuary of three rivers - the Esk, the Mite and the Irt.

Ravenglass became an important naval base for the Romans in the 2nd century, Glannaventa, some of which remains. The main street is paved with sea cobbles, which leads up from the shingle beach.

Once iron ore, granite and copper ore were brought to the estuary by narrow gauge railway from mines near Boot, about 8 miles away. This line has been preserved as the ‘Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway’ - affectionately known as La’al Ratty and is now a major tourist attraction.

A mile or so away is Muncaster Castle, with its splendid gardens and bird centre. On the other side of the estuary is Drigg Dunes. This is the largest sand dune system in Cumbria supporting species such as sea holly, sea bindweed and blue fleabane. The dunes and the estuary of Eskmeals and Ravenglass also support one of the largest seabird breeding colonies in the northwest.

Ravenglass is ideally located to explore the wider Lake District, whether by train, road or on foot. Hiking opportunities abound in the beautiful fells and dales, with routes ranging from friendly rambles to more challenging peaks. England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, is accessable from just a few miles away and many longer hikes and cycle routes are nearby.

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