Head out of Lancashire for the day and hop on a beautiful vintage steam train

Most of us will be familiar with E. Nesbit’s famous novel The Railway Children, which was later turned into a popular family film.

It perfectly encapsulates the joy of watching a steam train rumble by, waving at the passengers as they pass through the station.

There are a number of working vintage trains still running in the UK, including the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in Cumbria, on the edge of the Lake District.

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Passengers can take a seven-mile journey through the hills and estuaries from coastal town Ravenglass to Dalegarth for Boot.

And from Saturday, March 19, the vintage railway will run a daily service, with advance booking online highly recommended.

On a clear day, you could sit in an open-top carriage and admire the views at the foot of one of England’s highest mountains, or take cover in one of the enclosed ones.

There are a umber of special events taking place throughout the year, including the fish and chip trains on June 24 and September 23, where passengers can enjoy a traditional meal with drinks and a licensed bar also available.

Or you could book a gift experiences for a special occasion, such as afternoon tea or a trip in the ‘observation’ carriage and enjoy picnic box at the station after your train adventure.

The first train leaves Ravenglass at 9.30am and the last at 4.30pm, while the final return departure from Dalegarth is 4.50pm, but times may vary.

La'al Railway the steam railway from Ravenglass to Eskdale, Cumbria.
La’al Railway the steam railway from Ravenglass to Eskdale, Cumbria.
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Tell me more about the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

  • It is the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England
  • It is known as ‘La’al Ratty’ in olde Cumbrian dialect
  • It takes in two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Lake District National Park and Frontiers of the Roman Empire Hadrians Wall
  • The journey takes 40minutes each way
  • The season runs from March to October, with special services out on for Christmas and New Year
  • Look out for plenty of wildlife en route, including Greylag Geese, Curlew, Shelduck, Red Squirrels and Buzzard

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