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Ravenglass

 

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Ravenglass can be found on the west coast of Cumbria, and it may come as quite a surprise to many people to learn that this seaside village is in fact within the Lake District National Park. Often quite aptly described as being "where the Lake District meets the sea". This is a picturesque place by any standards, and with Wasdale or Eskdale close at hand it offers an alternative source of accommodation for those wishing to stay in the western side of the Lake District.

 

 

 


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The village is built at the convergence of three rivers, the Esk, the Mite and the Irt., which if added to the Drigg Dunes and the Irt Estuary, you have what the Romans considered an ideal spot to establish a naval base. Up to one thousand men were stationed at Ravenglass during the Roman occupation, from AD78 until the third century. This was an important naval centre, providing a convenient sea port to link up with their garrisons further inland; Hardknott fort, Ambleside and Brougham, to name but three of them.

Ravenglass continued to prosper as a port under the influence of the Norse, Saxons, and up to as recently as the industrial revolution. At this time the narrow estuary and the sheltered situation which had thus far made for an ideal location, helped to cause the demise of the village as a successful sea port. The inevitable then happened and Ravenglass was unable to expand to anything bigger then a fishing village. I can remember coming here as a child for 'afternoon drives out' where we'd watch the fishing boats landing, and the fishermen literally giving fish away to people on the harbour side. Sadly that has almost disappeared now and I should imagine, as with most other places, the main "industry" is now tourism. A far cry from the time in 1208 when King John gave Ravenglass a market charter.

Today, the village is the home of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, 'La'al Ratty' as it's affectionately called. I should point out here that the 'La'al' in 'La'al Ratty' isn't a nickname as many people think; we do actually talk like that, it is a word which most people around here use every single day. 'La'al' is simply our local word for small.

The narrow gauge railroad was built in 1875 by the Whitehaven Iron Mines to carry ore from Nab Gill, seven miles away, to the Furness Railroad at Ravenglass. Passenger fares helped keep the trains rolling when the mines failed in 1882. Sadly, the railroad stopped running in 1913, but it was reopened two years later as a 15-inch gauge, carrying both passengers and granite from Beckfoot quarry. In 1960 the Preservation Society purchased the railroad that now provides a scenic ride for travellers and locals alike, using either steam or diesel engines. Again harking back to childhood; this was a popular destination for our school trips, at least it was for the infants and junior age groups.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4th April 2017
  An evening walk around Ravenglass 3.8 mile about 300 ft
Ravenglass - Walls Castle - Newtown - Newtown Knott - Newtown - Muncaster Castle entrance - A595 - Ravenglass
 

21st April 2016
  An evening walk around Ravenglass onto Newton Knott 3.5 mile About 300 ft
Ravenglass - Walls Castle - Newtown - Newtown Knott - Newtown - Muncaster Castle entrance - A595 - Ravenglass
 

7th April 2015 - Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 32
  Tarns near Ravenglass 3.5 mile 300 ft
Ravenglass - Walls Castle - Newtown - Newtown Knott - Newtown - Decoy Pond - Muncaster Castle entrance - A595 - Ravenglass
 

19th August 2014
  Ravenglass revisited 3.5 mile 300 ft
Ravenglass - Walls Castle - Newtown - Newtown Knott - Newtown - Muncaster Castle entrance - A595 - Ravenglass
 

8th April 2014
  An after work walk around Ravenglass 3.5 mile 300 ft
Ravenglass - Walls Castle - Newtown - Newtown Knott - Newtown - Muncaster Castle entrance - A595 - Ravenglass
 

10th October 2013
  Working and walking in Ravenglass 2.5 mile Not much ascent
Ravenglass - Walls Castle - Newtown - Newtown Knott - Newtown - Ravenglass
 

24th May 2013
  Ravenglass and Newtown Knott on a very windy afternoon 3.9 mile 300 ft
Ravenglass - Walls Castle - Newtown - Newtown Knott - Newtown - Muncaster Castle entrance - A595 - Ravenglass
 

8th August 2012
  There's just so much to see on a short walk from Ravenglass 3.2 mile 200 ft
Ravenglass - Walls Castle - Nr Newtown - Muncaster Castle entrance - A595 - Ravenglass
 

25th August 2011
  Lakeland by the sea - Ravenglass and Muncaster Tarn 7.8 mile 900 ft
Ravenglass - Walls Castle - Newtown Knott - Esk Estuary - Hirst Park - Hirst Lodge - A595 - Eskdale Golg Course - Muncaster Tarn - Fell Lane - A595 - Walls Castle - Ravenglass
 

17th June 2010
  An evening walk around Ravenglass 3.2 mile 200 ft
Ravenglass - Walls Castle - Newtown - Muncaster Castle entrance - A595 - Ravenglass
 

20th April 2009
  Lakeland by the sea - an evening walk from Ravenglass 2.7 mile 200 ft
Ravenglass - Walls Castle (Roman bath house) - near Muncaster Castle - A595 - Ravenglass
 



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