Part of the Lake District National Park, Ravenglass is an ideal base for many outdoor activities. We are the nearest Guest House to the start of the Hadrian’s Wall cycle route (Route 72). For hikers, the Cumbrian Costal Way passes our front door, and the Cumberland Way starts/ends here. The famous Coast-To-Coast walk starts from nearby St. Bees.
Many day hikes are accessible, tackle the challenges of England’s highest peaks or enjoy the many rewarding valley and lake side walks. Take the Ratty up Eskdale and Wainwrights guide “Walk From Ratty”to explore this “Loveliest of Lakeland’s valleys”
Cyclists can experience the Eskdale Trail, running 8.5 miles from Ravenglass to Dalegarth in upper Eskdale, catch the Ratty or enjoy the ride back. For all of your cycling needs whilst in the West Lakes go to www.ainfieldcycles.co.uk for details.
There are two local Golf Courses, one a seaside links course and the other a traditional course in a beautiful setting.
Fly Fishing Lessons:Stay at Rosegarth and book Lee Cummings of Source To Sea for Professional Lessons on the Green opposite the Guest House;go to www.stsflyfishing.com for details.
Day tickets are available for the local Game and Course fishing, a valid rod licence is required. Silecroft is great for beach casting and follow this lead for Sea fishing www.scssa.co.uk
The whole of the SW Cumbrian Coast is a Bird Watchers delight and here in Ravenglass we have the Drigg Gullery directly across the Estuary and Eskmeals Dunes Nature Reserve is on the South side of the Esk.
Known as ‘La’al (Cumbrian for little) Ratty’, the Ravenglass Station is just a minutes walk away. Heritage steam engines haul open-top and cosy covered carriages from here, up Eskdale valley, to the terminus in Boot on a narrow gauge line. At the head of Eskdale is the foot of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike (978m). There are stops along the way for those that wish to dis-embark and explore beautiful Eskdale. The Ravenglass station has a great museum and gift shop, and they often offer activity days for children. A great day out for the whole family.
Tel:01229 717171 www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
Castle, gardens, Hawk Centre, meadow vole maze, cafe, shops and plant centre. Muncaster Castle is less than a mile away from Ravenglass village, a pleasant walk across the fields or accessible from the main road. The castle offers many activities and events, including Darkest Muncaster winter weekends.
Follow this link for details of current and future events www.muncaster.co.uk
Accessible from Ravenglass village, the Roman Bath House is part of the remains of Roman Glannaventa. The village was occupied from AD 120 through to the fourth century. 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.
One of the most important Roman naval bases in the north of England, Glannaventa, was the subject of a time team style survey and dig. This nationally important site was a fort at the southern tip of Hadrian’s Wall. Its bath house is the region’s tallest surviving Roman remains. The study focused on the significant civilian settlement which was established there. Some of the findings are 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.
Situated only a few miles from Ravenglass, Wastwater is England’s deepest lake and lies at the foot of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. It was recently voted ‘Britain’s Favourite View’.
The road winds along the lakeside to the head of the Wasdale Valley offering beautiful views of the famous screes that drop dramatically into the lake, sometimes reflected perfectly in the still waters. Take the opportunity to visit St. Olaf’s Church, one of the smallest in the country.
Wasdale Head is also known as the “Birth Place of British Climbing”, records from the 1880’s show that Wasdale had been discovered by Oxford Undergraduates who pitted themselves against the rocks and crags of the surrounding Fells. Visit the Wasdale Head Inn and marvel at the primitive equipment used by these pioneers (not always successfully, as the grave stones in the Church Yard will testify!), then don your Goretex and explore the majestic and stunning countryside.
Producers of the, reputedly, finest sausage in Cumbria and served as part of our “Classic Cumbrian”breakfast. Originally sited next to Rosegarth in the Old Butchers Shop the Bewleys now supply us direct from their farm. You may catch a glimpse of him as he makes his delivery to Rosegarth.
As the summer season is over we now have 2 options in the village, which can still get very busy at peak times. If you have a preference it is advisable to book in advance.
-Ratty Arms, pub food and selection of real ales 01229 717676,
-Pennington Hotel, bar and restaurant menu, couple of real ales 01229 717222
Note: The Inn next door no longer serves meals, but has a good selection of real ales and is open for drinks as normal.
Ravenglass Tea Rooms
Stay at Rosegarth and explore the Cumbrian Coast by train. Enjoy a car-free day out and visit the many attractions along the line, or consider some walks from the stations along the line. Trains run every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
St Bees - walks along the beach to St Bees Head and Whitehaven.
Whitehaven - The Beacon Museum, The Rum Story Tour.
Maryport - Lake District Coast Aquarium, Senhouse Roman Museum.
Carlisle - Castle, Cathedral and Tulie House Museum and Art Gallery.
Barrow-in-Furness - Barrow Dock Museum, Furness Abbey, Piel Island