26th April 2013Something for the weekend: A romantic rendezvous in Ravenglass

Ravenglass and Eskdale, the Western Lake District

Almost this time last year, Giles and I strolled on the beach at Ravenglass and thanked our lucky stars for some glorious spring sunshine. We whiled away the day with a walk to Newtown Knott, too many photos of frolicking lambs and a pint at the pub overlooking the beach. We busily planned when we would bring our friends and their two toddlers to watch the La’al Ratty go by.

This year, Giles and I decided to rekindle our love of Ravenglass by harking back to the romantic age of train station rendezvous. You know what I’m talking about… Brief Encounter?  Train stations aren’t what they used to be, right? Wrong!

After our stroll we settled in for a tipple at the Ratty Arms on the Ravenglass station platform. This is a place to lose yourself to your pathetically romantic side – complete with classic platform-side, carriage-like seating booths, pub grub on demand, real ale or wine and the genius addition of trivial pursuits cards on every table.

Ravenglass and Eskdale, the Western Lake District

I can’t see how anyone wouldn’t love this place.

When the trivia’s done, hop on the affectionately known La’al Ratty itself - the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Waving hankies optional.

This tiny steam train winds its way bravely through some of the Western Lake District’s most breathtaking - and romantic - scenery to arrive in the heart of the Eskdale Valley. This was one of Wainwright’s favourite journeys – 7 miles of amazingness on your way to the foot of the famous Scafell Range.

From the station, a wander to the village of Boot brings even more quintessential romance - pubs full of banter, hushed art galleries and the fascinating Eskdale Mill.

Ravenglass and Eskdale, the Western Lake District

If you haven’t fallen in love with the area (or back I love with each other) by the time the La’al Ratty puffs its way back into Ravenglass Station, stop for the night at the Bay Horse, Ravenglass and wake up right by the beach to a sublime sunrise.

If I was ever drawn by the bright lights of London, I’d drive all the way back for a date like this.

Find out more…

The Ravenglass Eskdale Railway


The Ratty Arms, Ravenglass Station


The Bay Horse Bed & Breakfast, Ravenglass


Whitehaven - the perfect day out
Millom & Black Combe

Brian Sherwen Photography

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