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Our incredible coast

Our incredible coast

Shoreline adventures

Whether you enjoy birdwatching, invigorating coastal walks or sampling the finest, freshest local seafood, this beautiful, coastal landscape has something to tempt you.

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Origin of the world’s first pencil

Ravenglass and Eskdale - The Western Valleys

Rich cultural heritage, great local food and some of England’s finest walking country

The valleys of Eskdale and Wasdale along with the coastal village of Ravenglass sit amongst a host of local attractions, rich roman heritage and some of the area’s most stunning vistas.

The spectacular peaks and beautiful waterfalls of Eskdale are created by the sparkling River Esk which starts high in the mountains at Esk Hause and winds its way dramatically to the sea. The valley also contains Hardknott pass – Britain’s steepest road with breathtaking bends and steep inclines which are not for the faint hearted but provide panoramic views at the top. As the pass descends into Eskdale it passes Hardknott Roman Fort. Built in the 2nd Century AD on a rocky spur it is an interesting archeological site.

In the heart of this lovely valley is the small village of Boot, home to a working corn mill, three real-ale pubs and a micro-brewery. The Woolpack Inn, at the foot of Hardknott Pass, serves great food, real ale and a warm welcome. It’s family and dog friendly and well worth further exploration, even if we do say so ourselves!

At the coastal end lies Ravenglass where three rivers meet to form an estuary and natural harbour. Once an important Roman port and fishing town it is now better known as a terminus for the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway or La'al Ratty as it is affectionately known. This is a narrow gauge railway that travels between Eskdale and Ravenglass where it links with the mainline train services making the area very accessible to the non-car driver. There is also a good network of hire and charge points for electric bikes in the region - a great way to get about on two wheels without the effort of traditional peddle power.

A little inland stands Muncaster Castle, ancient family seat of the Pennington family with colourful spring gardens, a renowned owl centre, a celebrated ‘fool' and ghosts aplenty to keep visitors amused for hours. Just a stones throw away lies Wasdale, home to Britain’s deepest lake, highest mountain, smallest church and biggest liar! Wasdale was also recently voted as providing Britain's Best View.

The area offers something for everyone – from a relaxed stroll along the gentle lanes to a rigorous assault of Scafell and Scafell Pike. This is the land of Bronze Age settlements, Roman forts, medieval mills, fascinating festivals and events and great locally sourced food and drink so come and discover this rich and welcoming corner of Cumbria.


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Ravenglass

Brian Sherwen Photography

Many images on this website have been supplied to us by Brian Sherwen.