The Old Butchers Shop is a gift shop located just off Main Street in Ravenglass in a courtyard which is accessed between Rosegarth Guest House and the white cottage next door. The shop sells a huge range of Gifts at very reasonable prices when compared to the shop at the Railway. From the railway walk over the footbridge past the playground and...more
This is a wonderful walk for all river lovers. It follows a steep, wooded ravine, full of rhododendrons growing wild. The fun of this walk are all the footbridges you navigate, crossing from one side to the other countless times. The footpath is well marked and maintained but don't be tempted to go off track as we did once. It was terrifying and...more
Just the most amazingly beautiful gardens I have visited!Over seventy acres of spectacular gardens and woodland to wander around to your heart's content.Plants from all over the world, especially from the Sino-Himalayan region, have been cleverly placed throughout the grounds and there is always something spectacular to look at, whatever the...more
It had turned into a glorious afternoon so we trotted off to watch the "feeding of the herons" at 4.30pm. This took place on Cannon Bank, in front of the castle. It was amazing to see these huge birds perched in trees, waiting for their free meal.Occassionally there was a bit of a tussle as patience wore thin (with the birds, not the spectators!)...more
Miterdale is a secluded valley between Eskdale and Wasdale.There used to be a packhorse route through here to Keswick but can now only be accessed by road from Eskdale. Once at the end of the road, there is a small parking area by the River Mite, which is agreat place for a picnic in summer. plenty of paddling opportunities here! For the more...more
The hightlight of Muncaster Castle gardens for us was the bluebell woods. As we climbed higher in the woods, the sight and smell of these native wild flowers overwhelmed us. Green trees and a thick floor covering of beautiful blue blubells made a superb display and were an absolute delight. Muncaster's woods offer one of the best displays of...more
Many years ago, we visited the castle gardens but not the house. We have been meaning to make a return visit so took the opportunity on the recent Bank Holiday weekend.What can I say? The place is amazing! The castle has belonged to various members of the current Pennington family for eight centuries and is their family home so the whole place has...more
This sweet little church, St. Michael and All Angels, is owned by the Pennington family, of Muncaster Castle and dates back to 1140. It was fully restored in 1999 and is a grade 1 listed building. Inside are some interesting stained glass windows and the original bell is displayed on a plinth. In the churchyard is a viking cross.The church is still...more
This is in the grounds of Muncaster Castle and is home to the World Owl Trust. The trust cares for one of the greatest collections of owls in the world and and their main aim is conservation of the different species, saving threatened owls and their habitat.I have to admit, I find owls extremely handsome creatures but I'm afraid I don't know the...more
Muncaster Castle Gardens are so huge, I've had to split them into seperate tips!The south and north terraces are stunningly beautiful.They are apparently the finest man-made garden structure in the country and extend for half a mile. Rhododendrons and flowering shrubs fill the smooth green walkway with colour, along with superbly bright trees.A...more
This walk is the start of the hike up Scafell Pike but if you are not that energetic, a pleasant alternative is to walk along the river Esk on the eastern side, stopping for a picnic and if warm enough, swimming in one of the slate green deep river pools. There are a few really good pools along here, the best that I remember being just up from the...more
This is a beautifully located little church, set on the banks of the River Esk and probably having some of the best graveyard views you could ever ask for!The church is found down a very narrow, unpaved road from the main Eskdale valley road. If you drive down here, be careful as most people are on foot and there is limited parking by the church.By...more
As already mentioned, the River Esk offers some excellent walking opportunities, both for the fit and not so fit. There are plenty of flat,river valley walks, taking in the glorious scenery, stopping and cooling your feet in the crystal clear water and if you are with children, what an excuse for a bit of dam building!!!From the terminus of the...more
One of the loneliest and least accessible of the Roman Forts, situated on the lower slopes of the western side of Hardknott Pass, looking down into Eskdale. It is a beautiful, wild site, the fort being built during Emperor Hadrian's rule, between AD 120 and AD138. Constructed to protect the Roman road running from west to east from Ravenglass to...more
It's a while since we've been on this so no photos at the moment.One of Cumbria's best tourist attractions, this narrow-gauge railway runs from Ravenglass on the west coast, for seven miles along the Eskdale Valley and takes 40 minutes if you travel the full length. Most of the trains are steam but some deisel engines also run. Choice of open top...more
Main Street, Ravenglass, CA18 1SD, gb
Good for: Solo
The Guesthouse is located like 2 miles from Ravenglass. You can reach it by foot, minibus or call...more
Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, CA18 1RQ, United Kingdom
Good for: Business
We were invited to a surprise 40th birthday party at this pub. We had booked into the campsite next door with our motorhome but upon arrival, found the site to be totally unsuitable, an extremely wet and muddy field we would have got bogged down in. Tentatively we enquired at the pub if we could stay overnight on their carpark. No problems. said the friendly bar manager.We actually ended up with a superbly quiet overnight pitch looking out onto the river.And at no cost.
The party went extremely well, with around twelve adults and numerous highly excited children all enjoying a lovely meal in the function room.
Most of the other guests were booked into the inn for the night, with only one couple having to leave the party to go home. The rest of us continued on until around midnight.The hotel is a lovely old coaching inn with a warm, friendly atmosphere and the bar was still going strong by the time we left, presumably with both guests and locals.
Favorite Dish: The menu here is a mixture of old favourites with a few different twists and some lovely sounding salads .There are a couple of interesting vegetarian dishes, including Kenyan coast aubergine moussaka (there is a strong Kenyan representation with some of the staff being poached from the world famous Hemmingway's Hotel in Kenya.) Starters were equally as interesting with such delectables as crab and prawn medley, seafood creviche and smoked chicken. Sweets were listed on a blackboard with apple pie, sticky toffee roulade, chocalate gateau, banoffie something or other etc. (I'm afraid I don't take too much notice of sweet things, more into savouries!!)
I chose Lamb Jennings, a shoulder of lamb marinated in Jennings beer and served on mashed potato with a delicious gravy and Nick had the 16 oz gammon, served with two fried eggs and real pineapple. Vegetables were fine beans, carrot rounds and broccoli (which I thought were a little ordinary for the delicious meat.)My lamb was superb, melt in the mouth stuff with oodles of the lovely gravy. Nick's gammon was ok if a tad salty and the chips, although real, were nothing exceptional and had lots of tiny crisp pieces.
I opted for the sticky toffee roulade which was nice but very sweet and I wish I had chosen a starter rather than ending with a pud.
All in all, an excellent meal which the multi- national staff served as efficiently as possible with wild children running around and not knowing what had been ordered for them!
The staff consisted of a Pole, three Kenyans, a Latvian, a Thai and a Brazilian!!
Hardknott is the steepest pass in England, rising to 1291 feet, with a gradient of 1 in 3 and is Eskdale's eastern exit, joining Wrynose Pass and so into major tourist Lakeland at Skelwith Bridge on the A593.It's a most scenic route, taking your breath away as you negotiate the hairpin bends and gradients. Once you have descended Hardknott, you...more
Eskdale Valley is in the western Lake District and is a little off the beaten track to those who think the Lake District begins and ends at Bowness and Windermere.Access to the valley is not simple. The easiest route travelling north is to take the A590, A5092, A595 and just before Holmrook take a right. This brings you into the valley.Other...more
Eskdale Valley has very few shops but the one you must visit is Eskdale Stores in Eskdale Green. In this tiny hamlet this retail outlet is home to the local off-licence, grocer, green grocer, butcher, tobbaconist, newsagent, sweetie shop, and all sorts of things you couldn't imagine. They also stock a large range of "Made in Cumbria" goodies including the renowned Waberthwaite sausages.
Upstairs is an Aladin's cave of outdoor clothes,( including childrens') and equipment. It rains plenty in Eskdale, but not to worry if you're not fully prepared. Nigel and Sherill, the owners, (who also happen to be my brother and his partner) will be able to kit you out in a jiffy.
There is free parking and the shop is most definitely open all hours!! (Within reason!)
The website below is an excellent source of info on the area, events, walks, things to do etc. Nigel is also an expert on walks in the area. Anything you need to know about a particular route, he'll be able to advise.
What to buy: Hampers of Made in Cumbria products, as well as outdoor clothing, are available to order over the internet.
OCTOBER 2007 UPDATE.
NIGEL AND SHERILL HAVE SOLD THE SHOP BUT IT WILL CONTINUE TRADING. NOT SURE ABOUT THE WEBSITE, THOUGH.
What to pay: Whatever it costs!
They charge a fortune to park on the railway car park!! Take my advice, drive on into the village and theres a big FREE CARPARK and its only a 1minute walk over the footbridge to the railway station!! Saves you £2.50....enough for a pint in the pub :D
Unique Suggestions: PARK ON THE FREE VILLAGE CAR PARK!!!!!
Fun Alternatives: FREE VILLAGE CAR PARK FOR FREE PARKING AND CLOSE TO THE STATION AND REST OF THE VILLAGE!!!!