We highly recommend a trip to Ravenglass during your stay at our caravan and glamping Park. This small fishing village is situated on the estuary of 3 rivers – the Esk, Mite and Irt, and the only coastal hamlet within the bounds of the Lake District National Park.
There is plenty to see and do here during a day trip from Skelwith Fold. At low water beautiful beaches are exposed and it’s possible to walk for some distance along the sand. The scenery is a stark contrast to many other towns and villages dotted throughout The Lakes. The main street predominantly consist of residential properties, but there is a small cafe, gift shop and children’s play area at the railway station.
Ravenglass has a rich and interesting history dating back thousands of years. It was once an important Roman settlement and crucial port on the trade route. Goods from across the Roman empire were shipped here to supply forts at Ambleside and Hardknott.
Today, you can see the well preserved remains of a roman fort and bath house. There are a number of information boards dotted around the site explaining what you can see now and the purpose they would have served in times gone by.
The Roman baths can be accessed via a 10 minute walk from the village, or incorporated into a longer hike along the coastal path.
Things to do in Ravenglass
Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway
No trip to Ravenglass is complete without a trip on the Ravenglass & Eskdale steam railway. Climb aboard one of the historic steam carriages and enjoy a scenic ride between Ravenglass and Dalegarth Station.
The railway is thought to be the oldest narrow gauge railways in the UK and was once responsible for transporting iron and copper ore. Today is it is a popular tourist destination, attracting thousands of visiters each year.
Muncaster Castle is located on the outskirts of Ravenglass and well worth a visit during your stay. The castle sits within 77 acres of immaculately maintained gardens and has plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
If you’re interested in history we recommend taking the 40 minute audio tour around the castle. Members of the Pennington family will virtually guide you around the various public rooms and share personal anecdotes and tales from the past.
Once you’ve finished inside, head out and explore the vast estate. There’s a delightful mix of manicured lawns where you can enjoy a quiet picnic as well as woodland areas and floral displays. Younger members of the family can follow the Enchanted trail and burn off some energy in the adventure playground, Meadowvole Maze and Yeti Adventure Quarry and Giant Swing.
Hawk & Owl Centre
Muncaster Castle is also home to The Hawk & Owl Centre, where you’ll find averies housing unique species of bird. Take some time to look around and learn more about the owls, hawks and vultures before heading to the arena to watch the incredible flying displays.
Getting to Ravenglass
Ravenglass is located just over an hours drive from Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. The most direct route is via the A593, which passes through Coniston and Boughton-in-Furness.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there are a number of scenic detours including the Wrynose and Hardknott Pass. This famous route is known as one of the most challenging roads in the country and boasts spectacular views in every direction.
Please note this route is for experienced drivers only and is not suitable for caravans or motorhomes.
Header photo credit: Tony West