Ravenglass - Dalegarth for Boot - Stanley Ghyll - Eskdale Trail - Ravenglass

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Ravenglass - Dalegarth for Boot - Eskdale Watermill - Stanley Ghyll - Eskdale Trail - Roman Baths - Ravenglass

Starting the walk from Ravenglass, a delightful coastal village in the Lake District National Park, you climb aboard the enchanting steam train on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. The train journey takes you across the estuary, through the hills, some seven miles up past spectacular scenery to the foot of England's highest mountains, the Scafell Range (3,209ft) at their peak, to its final destination, Dalegarth for Boot Station. Here you can enjoy some light refreshments at the station's café before starting on your walk.

From here, take a short, gentle stroll across to the Eskdale Corn Mill, the oldest functioning cornmill in the UK. This is a small national treasure in keeping with England's industrial heritage and an industry that was once a large part of Cumbria's way of life. After a short and very interesting guided tour here, you can stop off at a local public house and restaurant nearby and enjoy a spot of lunch, then progress onwards to the Stanley Ghyll waterfall, taking in the fairly steep ravine and various levels of falls before retracing your steps to the footpath of Eskdale Trail.

This scenic trail takes you past riverside pastures, meadows and historic oak-woods of the Eskdale Valley, down on to the Esk River Estuary, visiting ancient ruins of Roman baths and open flats, skirting the coastline to Ravenglass on the Irish Sea. On finishing at Ravenglass Station, you can make a brief visit to the railway museum, take in a bit of local history and finish off your rewarding day.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South West

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Mostly Flat, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, River, Sea, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
16/06/2016 - serena graham

Followed the instructions catching an early train to Boot and walked back to Ravenglass. 2 adults and 1 spotty dalmatian (£16 total 1-way, plus £3 car park) Navigated using GPS / all waypoints spot on. Very enjoyable detour to the waterfall (like the amazon) although the waterfall was disappointing. Obviously, this very much depends on how much rain there has been recently. The very last stage of the climb to the waterfall is steep and slippy (as per warning signs)... not suitable for dogs, kids and elderly (in fact, probably best avoided) but you can still see the waterfall from the point where you may decide whether or not to continue up the very last few meters. The remainder of the route is pleasant although unremarkable until reaching the estuary where there are some great photo opportunities. Enjoyed the train ride (great value for money) and glad we've done this walk but overall not as exciting as we had anticipated. Total walking distance (via the low tide route), 11.3 miles / 6 hours at a very steady pace. This would be a great bike ride.

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