A Long Weekend in Ravenglass.

Ravenglass is a coastal village in Cumbria that looks over the estuary bringing together the rivers of Esk, Irt and Mite. The scenery is ever changing as the ebbing tides create rock pools and sand banks. A melodic sound of tied up boats, their parts clanging in the breeze , permeates the sea front.


I recently stopped in Ravenglass for four nights with Wil and Hugo. Some friends joined us for a couple of the nights. Luckily even in November we found plenty to keep us all occupied!

Village Green.

The village has two cosy dog friendly pubs as well as a rocky beach ~ home to many wading birds and beach combing treasures, ancient Roman ruins, a nearby Castle with a Hawk & Owl Centre and the Ravenglass to Eskdale Railway, affectionately known as La’l Ratty.

Hugo and Bel in front of the old fishermen’s cottages.
Estuary View.
Anchors Aweigh!

As well as windy walks on the beach , we enjoyed a stroll to Muncaster Castle which is a pleasant walk through the Muncaster Estate, passing the old ruins of a Roman Bath House.

The well preserved remains of a Roman Bath house, used by Roman Soldiers from the once nearby Roman Fort ‘Glannoventa’.
Festival Sheep. 😉
Pretty Woodland walk.
Waiting to be pelted by cabbages! Only joking. 😉
Waiting for the Owl and Hawk Display. The dogs and their owners watched from a designated area….way in the distance..

We all loved the Bird of Prey Display and it was good to know that the staff are so enthusiastic about conserving the different species, especially Vultures, who do get a bit of bad press in the bird world. Seeing them as a ‘ Clean up Crew’ definitely helped me realise what a useful breed of bird they are.

Speeking of birds, Wil and I also visited Hodbarrow Nature Reserve, an RSPB reserve on the coast between Haverigg and Millom. It was a day of high winds and squawly showers, but we enjoyed the dramatic scenery.

Hodbarrow Lighthouse, a focal point of the Reserve.

Most of all just hanging out in Ravenglass itself was a wonderful experience. I am sure we will return. 😊

Ravenglass from over the railway bridge.

Where on the coast do you like to visit?

20 thoughts on “A Long Weekend in Ravenglass.”

  1. Sounds like you had an enjoyable weekend but to be honest I found Ravenglass to be rather a boring little place when I went – it was okay for an hour’s look round but I wouldn’t want to stay there. The best thing about my visit was finding a private collection of vintage tractors in a field behind the railway station 🙂

    1. I didn’t see the vintage tractors. Ravenglass is a quiet little place I must admit. However I found it perfect for us. I love the sea, wildlife , walking and friendly pubs. Definitely a hit with me. We were out of season for the steam railway but have been on it before and that was fun too. 🙂 X

      1. The tractors, if they are still there, are in a small private field between the road and the station buildings on the steam railway platform – I found them while waiting for the train back to Boot although they weren’t easy to see as there were lots of trees around. I forgot to say I like the coloured sheep 🙂

  2. This morning I was thinking that we should take a holiday in Cornwall. I haven’t been for many years and there is such good walking there.

  3. Oh my look at that anchor. It’s lovely when dogs are made welcome, seeing a dog in front of a pub fire is such a homely sight. I have to plumb for Whitby as a place to visit locally. I would most like to go to Northumberland or maybe Suffolk and I quite like the look of the Kent coastline.

  4. Lovely photos. Had a week in a cottage in Ravenglass – a fabulous base for exploring the southern lakes – without the crowds! Watched gannets off the coast at Silecroft, near Millom. Was Laal Ratty (Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway) running? Deffo a great little railway ride – worth a trip next time.

    1. I would have loved to have seen a gannet! I did see lots of shelducks and I do love them. The railway wasn’t running but starts up again soon for festive events. Have been on it in the past and it was fab. X

  5. Looks like you had a lovely break. Cumbria is a place I haven’t seen much of, but if your pictures are anything to go by, I really must add it to my ‘to visit’ list! I love the festival sheep and the dogs look like they had loads of long walks and fun!

  6. Lovely photos of a lovely area! If You ever go back that way go to Hodbarrow in the early summer and see the terns nesting and lovely orchids and other colourful plants blooming on the old mining waste. Also Walney Island is well worth a visit.

  7. Lovely Shazza & looking on the map, we’ve evidently driven right past Ravenglass, so should have stopped & had a look. Thanks for sharing & take care.

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