Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass, Cumbria CA18 1SW, UK 01229 717171

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England, known affectionately as La’al Ratty meaning “little railway” in olde Cumbrian dialect.

It was 100 years ago in April 1913 that the original 3ft line closed and in 1915 the new 15in La’al Ratty was born. The heritage steam engines transport passengers from Ravenglass , the only coastal village in the National Park and of huge importance in Roman times, being a significant last defence point of the infamous Hadrian’s Wall to Dalegarth for Boot, some 210ft above sea level.

The journey itself was one of Wainwright’s favourites, crossing through seven miles of spectacular scenery within sight of England’s highest mountains, the Scafell Range. It chugs up the line from the protected nature reserves of the Ravenglass Estuary, through ancient woodlands and fells of the Eskdale Valley. En route keep your eyes peeled for Greylag Geese, Curlew, Shelduck, Red Squirrels and Buzzards.

The cosy covered and open top carriages provide the best of comfort and views as you travel up the line and on arrival there is something for everyone and with so many trails and walks to explore, our very own cafes serving home baked goodies and gift shops at both ends of the line. Groups can be privately catered for in our reserved dining areas with traditional group menus to make the most of your time with us.

We have tailored special packages with surrounding attractions to assist with your planning and offer a fantastic One Happy Family Discount with our sister heritage attraction, Ullswater ‘Steamers’.


Phone Number 01229 717171
Building Number / Name Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Street Ravenglass Station
City Ravenglass
Region England - North West
Post Code CA18 1SW
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Address Ravenglass, Cumbria CA18 1SW, UK
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