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A Nostalgic Guide To Ravenglass

2014-08-21 16.11.00
John & his partner Christine visiting Wastwater 2014

 John Taylor PhD was born in Frizington and raised in Ravenglass so he should know a thing or two about the West Cumbrian village.

Pubs worth trying:
My favourite pub at present is actually a pub that serves grub, The Ratty Arms has a good range of traditional ales, a decent wine list and serves good value bar meals.

A good place to walk my dog:
Start in the car park in the middle of Ravenglass village, cross over the railway bridge (You’ll see the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway) and follow the footpath until you exit onto the main road.

Take an immediate right turn past the Caravan & Camping Club site down Walls Drive. You can investigate the remains of the Roman Bath House and then follow the bridleway down a small hill alongside the main line railway.

You’ll see a right turn that takes you under the railway and brings you out on to the estuary. Turn right and follow the rough path back to the village. You can either walk up the main street, or follow the shoreline and cross the green to return to the car park.

A good place for Sunday lunch:
The Pennington Hotel offers a choice between their excellent bar menu or a more formal lunch in the dining room. I recommend the bar menu. I was especially impressed with the seafood platter to share.

What to do with bored kids:
Spend the entire day exploring the grounds of Muncaster Castle and Gardens, including a visit to the Owl Centre. You can also take in one of the regular live owl demonstrations.

Alternatively, take your family on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway for a trip up to Dalegarth Station. If you’re like me you’ll enjoy the nostalgia of travelling on a train pulled by a Steam Engine! Take time to explore and maybe visit one of the local pubs for lunch and then enjoy your return journey to Ravenglass

Describe the village in three words:
Pictureque, traditional, friendly

Any parking tips:
The main car park in the centre of the village is well placed for access to the village, the estuary and the railway. The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway also offers parking and there is a free car park immediately opposite the main entrance to Muncaster Castle.

What’s public transport like:
Public transport to and from Ravenglass is very good and regular. The train ride down the coast from Carlisle to Barrow is to die for – beautiful scenery and peaceful.

  • John is a Business Coach and Marketing Consultant who now lives in The Scottish Borders. He loves to return to his native county in his campervan.