Ravenglass, Cumbria

Ravenglass sunset

Ravenglass sunset

Ravenglass & Eskdale railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale railway

Bri at Muncaster tarn on the Eskdale cycle trail

Bri at Muncaster tarn on the Eskdale cycle trail

Roman bath house ruin

Roman bath house ruin

Ravenglass estuary sunset

Ravenglass estuary sunset

Ravenglass estuary

Ravenglass estuary

Ravenglass estuary

Ravenglass estuary

Suzie, Ravenglass estuary

Suzie, watching the sun set

This was our second camping trip to Ravenglass, but our first time there in Jolly.   Our first trip was in a tent and involved spending one night during gale force winds, praying the tent stayed pitched and the humongous tree above didn’t crash down on us.  An experience we smile about now more than we did that night.

The Camping & Caravan Club site is ideally located for some serious cycle, foot and rail travel amongst spectacular scenery.

http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/cumbria/ravenglass/ravenglass

Ravenglass is a coastal hamlet lying on the estuary of three rivers – the  Esk, Mite and Irt.  On a clear evening the sunsets are to die for.  Can’t comment on the sunrises as we slept too well to see one ;-).  One evening, however, we sat by the estuary (obligatory beers in hand) watching an amazing sunset (my camera in my other hand) – see the pics attached.  It was perfect weather conditions that night and these are my favourite sunset shots to date.

Check out more about Ravenglass here: http://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/ravenglass/

We visited Muncaster Castle on our first trip, taking in a guided tour around the home, and a leisurely walk around the grounds.  We also took the western railway to Whitehaven for the day on our first visit, so this time pursued an alternative adventure …

After an afternoon sitting in the sun when we arrived,  we ate at the Ratty Arms just 5 minutes from the site.  There was a whole bunch of folk musicians having a meet in the pub that night and randomly playing/singing.  It was a great atmosphere and we ended up drinking with them.  The headache the next day was worth it 🙂

Next day,we took the 40 minute Ravenglass & Eskdale steam railway journey from Ravenglass to Dalegarth, taking our bikes with us (pre-booked our tickets and bike space) for the return.  We biked the Eskdale Trail back, at our leisure approx. 9 miles in total that day.  Google it, if the weather’s pleasant it’s a fairly unchallenging ride.   On the return into Ravenglass you pass the ruins of an ancient Roman bath house.

We crammed plenty into 2 days and the sun shone, so happy days!

Next stop Hawes, Yorkshire Dales.

ONWARD!

Suzie & Bri

 

 

 

 

 

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