8th March 2014

An after work walk around Ravenglass


Walk Overview
Time 4:50 to 6:20pm
Duration 1hr 30min
Distance 3.5 mile
Ascent 300 ft
Walking with Helen and Kayleigh
Ravenglass - Walls Castle - Newtown - Newtown Knott - Newtown - Muncaster Castle entrance - A595 - Ravenglass
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Ravenglass village

Although it doesn't feel like it, Ravenglass is still part of the Lake District, but unlike most other places, it has more parking spaces than it's ever likely to need. There is a large car park in the centre of the village and of course the car park next to the La'al Ratty.

Parking is NOT free anymore !!


Route Map


The lighter nights have set in and it seems a shame to head straight home all the time on nice evenings like this. Ravenglass is always a good spot to have a short walk so here we are and at least for the time being, the sun was out to brighten things up.

Slowly but surely rusting into the ground, this old anchor reminds folk that Ravenglass was once quite a busy fishing village. I can remember seeing the boats landing and unloading their catch here when I was a kid.

Newton Knott is up there just above the trees. Our route took us to the left of the picture, under the railway tunnel and past the Roman Bath House.

Nice houses in a nice location but it must be horrendous when 70 to 80 mph winds are blowing in off the sea.


At Walls Castle, as we now call it, are the ruins of the Roman Bath House. In my opinion it's a pity they're not in use any longer as I'm sure they must have provided quite a lot employment. Admittedly all the managerial positions would have gone to the Romans themselves but that would still have left lots of menial jobs for the locals to do. Bringing water, chopping wood to heat the water, cleaners and perhaps a few back scrubbers. Some might have also worked in the restaurant selling food, drink and souvenirs to visiting Centurions and their families. You know the type of thing you buy when you're on holiday, do it yourself mosaic kits with pictures of Lake District views or even clay pots with "a donum ex Glannaventa" written on them.


What strikes me as strange is that the Romans turned up here, and although they weren't really made to feel welcome, they still funded the building of a public bath house, they operated and maintained it for hundreds of years which contributed to the local economy and then, as soon as they decided to go back to Italy, the people they left behind decided keeping clean was a stupid idea after all. Before you could say "is that your armpits I can smell", a perfectly good building had fallen into a state like this and no one bothered taking a regular bath until bubble bath was invented.

There were lots of primroses in the undergrowth as we made for Newton Knott. Always nice to see.


Newton Knott is ahead of us and as far as sunshine goes, this was the last we saw of it this evening. Never mind, it's still good to get out and do something like this after a day at work.

A view across to the Lake District fells around the Eskdale area. The higher dark looking one is Harter Fell, , , , not the one at Haweswater.


This is the ruin on Newton Knott. I wonder what it's original purpose was and what it used to look like.
That's Black Combe in the distance.

"Have you lost something?"
"No, I was just thinking it's about time you had your toenails cut"

There were quite a few people about this evening, most were walking, some were cycling, two were on a quad bike and this lady was on a horse. As she rode past, I was introducing my two companions to the delights of eating wild garlic leaves. "yes, you can use them for cooking at home but they don't keep for long"

There's nothing worse than sitting up to your rowlocks in dirty water is there.

Muddy woodland track.

One of the gates into or out of Muncaster estate. At one time we'd probably have been shot for walking through here.

Today's cute lamb pictures !!

Muncaster Castle entrance, , , closed for the night.


Do you ever get the feeling you're walking around in circles?

It looks like Thomas and his friends must be at one of the other stations.


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Lake District Walks