Ravenglass View
Ravenglass View

Heritage

Accessible from Ravenglass village, the Bath House is part of the remains of Roman Glannaventa. Wonderfully well preserved, walls, doorways and even some plaster are still intact. At the site there is information about Glannaventa, strategically sited at the mouth of the River Esk.

Breaking News

MAJOR FUNDING FOR HISTORIC STUDY

ONE of the most important Roman naval bases in the north of England has been
investigated by the community in a far reaching £125,000 study.

The project was led by Lake District National Park Authority’s archaeology and heritage assistant Holly Beavitt-Pike, who said crucial funding paved the way for an exciting three-year investigation.

She explained: “Working with Muncaster Parish Council, we are delighted to have been awarded £92,000 from HLF, nearly £30,000 from Copeland Community Fund and a further £4,000 from LDNPA.

“This nationally important site was a fort at the southern tip of Hadrian’s Wall. Its
bathhouse is the region’s tallest surviving Roman remains. “Our study focused on the significant civilian settlement which was established there.
Local people and wider audiences were able to join an archaeological investigation including a geophysical survey and targeted excavation.”

Holly said it was an amazing chance for people not just to understand their rich heritage, but to leave a lasting legacy.

Ravenglass, on the western fringe of the Lake District, was occupied from AD 120
through to the fourth century.

The project is now complete with some of the findings on display in the Pennington Hotel Lobby.


As part of the fortified border that includes Hadrians Wall and several coastal fortifications, the Romans also built a network of roads across the region, one of which crosses the Lake District from Ravenglass to Ambleside. Several sections can still be identified and the most obvious feature of this route is the Fort of MODIOBOGDVM, nowadays known as the Hardknott Roman Fort. Much restored Hardknott Fort is easily reached from Ravenglass.


West Cumbria has many ancient monuments and remains, a Stone Circle is sited at Seascale, just to the North of Ravenglass and the area between Wasdale and Eskdale, called Burnmoor has Burial Mounds, Stone Circles and Hut Circle remains.


Gosforth Cross, in the grounds of Gosforth Church is a 1000 year old 3 meter high Norse sandstone pillar. Norse runes have been overlaid with later Christian symbols. There is also the remains of a Norse Cross at Waberthwaite, just across the River Esk from Ravenglass.