Ravenglass is the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park. I thought it was charming, situated at the confluence of three rivers the Esk, Irk and Mite. We walked across the railway bridge and down the coastal path. There’s a large free car park with public toilets next to the station. You can also reach Ravenglass on the circular Cumbrian railway from Carlisle, Penrith or Lancaster with a hop on and off day ticket.
The Ravenglass & Esk Railway runs on a tiny 15 inch wide track for the 7 miles to Dalegarth. It’s a short walk from here to Eskdale Mill the oldest working water corn mill in the Lake District, There are several stations along the way and a full line return ticket allow you to hop on and off throughout the day.
I arrived at the station just as the steam train was leaving the platform, so only managed to take photos of the back of the train.
Muncaster Castle with its garden, maze and owl centre lies just outside Ravensglass. You can walk the one mile on the Eskdale Trail through the Decoy Wood, this will take you past the Roman Bath House.
I had a look to see what accommodation is available in the area. The best value option is the Muncaster Country guest house, a converted school with 8 rooms, which has a mix of rooms with shared bathrooms and ensuite facilities. The Pennington Hotel is a luxury hotel in Ravenglass.