Silecroft, Ravenglass & Eskdale and Bootle.

Today I am looking back at our weekend away with friends in Ravenglass & Eskdale. It was during the school holidays in August that we stayed in the same lovely cottage that we have booked for previous get togethers. It has become a bit of a tradition of ours to stop in Ravenglass on the Cumbrian Coast. We always seem to find new things to see and do.

As we had set off a little earlier than the others, we decided to take our dog Hugo for a walk on nearby Silecroft Beach. With the Cumbrian Fells ( particularly Black Combe) as it’s backdrop, this sandy stretch of coastline is perfect for exercising four-legged friends. And dogs are not the only ones. You have a very good chance of seeing the Cumbrian Heavy Horses out for a canter here too.

Black Coombe.
Doggy Paddles.
Out To Sea.
Heavy Horse.

Once settled into our seafront cottage in the estuary village of Ravenglass everyone made for the beach again. And our evening was spent under rugs on the cottage balcony playing games and watching the sun 🌞 set over the bay.

Ravenglass Beach.
Owl Window.

No visit to Ravenglass is complete without a trip on La’al Ratty! Meaning ‘ Little Railway ‘ in Old Cumbrian dialect, this is the affectionate nick name given to The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway 🚂 , a Narrow Steam Gorge Railway that takes visitors on a seven mile journey into the stunning Eskdale countryside.

On-line Shop Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.
Riding The Ratty.
Choo Choo..

We were spoiled for choice when it came to walking routes in Eskdale. Many people opt to walk up into the fells. There’s Roman ruins at Hardknott and plenty of wild swimming in the rugged becks and waterfall pools. Speaking of waterfalls, we went in search of Stanley Ghyll and the recently constructed iron viewing platform above it.

Clear Water and Stepping Stones.
Bridge over troubled water? Only if you fall off the stepping stones.
Stanley Ghyll Force ~ Photo from Express Article here.
Viewing Platform.
Lush vegetation.
And some people braved the water. Which was freezing!

Bootle Beach was our destination on Sunday. More swimming for the kids ( they were braver than us!) and a bit of beach combing. We saw two huskies from Horse & Husky being exercised. This beach is great for finding wierd and wonderful pebbles and other flotsam and jetsam.

On the beach.
Maybe a 🐑, or even Bel the Bedlington.
Prettiest Pebbles.
Other Beach Finds.
Hugo and Bel the Bedlington on the beach at Ravenglass.

We had a wonderful time as usual, in this scenic corner of Cumbria.

Thanks for dropping by. 🌊

19 thoughts on “Silecroft, Ravenglass & Eskdale and Bootle.”

  1. What a lovely get-away – (love the oddments of beach finds!) and a good day to remember it after all the rain and gah weather we have had today!
    I love that area as we have done some lovely walks there too (although never stayed locally)😊🐾

  2. Looks like an enjoyable few days in a part of Cumbria I’ve never visited! I’d have enjoyed pottering and beachcombing on the sands and I’d love a trip on L’il Ratty

  3. This looks wonderful and it doesn’t look busy (unless you pointed the camera away from the “crowds” 🤣. You’ve had some adventures this year! As children, my parents would take us to Blackpool, Southport, New Brighton; I wish they had been more adventurous! 💐🙋‍♂️

  4. If you’ve got to wear a padded jacket over your swimming costume at the beach, you clearly need your head examined. But Hugo clearly loves a bit of a paddle. And what a humungous horse! is that what’s known as a shire horse? have never seen one; I don’t know if they were ever imported to South Africa.

    1. Haha, yeh the kids couldn’t get enough of the water. Think it was warmer in there than it looked! Yes the Heavy Horses are Shires. The area is known for beach riding and there is a shire horse trekking centre. X

  5. Lovely spot, I’ve been on La’al ratty many years ago and its a cracking route into Eskdale. I’ve just got back from the Lakes and all the rain (think it broke the record for the most rain in 24hours in Honister). Thankfully your visit looks much better weather wise

    1. Yes it was back in August and the weather was luckily not to bad. It’s chucking it down in Lancs too. I hope the rain didn’t spoil your trip too much.

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