Ravenglass is a lovely coastal village on the Cumbrian Coast with a sheltered harbour on the Esk estuary and houses on the main street that have their backs to the blustery Irish Sea. A stroll along the beach at low tide watching the waders would be reason enough to visit Ravenglass but there is also the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway; a narrow gauge railway line that runs from Ravenglass to Eskdale. This is a beautiful journey that I would recommend to anyone who hasn’t been on it. Passengers travel on a cute shiny steam engine and pass through lovely countryside in to the heart of Eskdale, surrounded by fells.
La’al Ratty is the affectionate name for the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway and means little railway in Cumbrian dialect.
On a blustery and wet November morning we stopped for a hot chocolate at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway cafe. We didn’t have time for a trip but it was lovely to watch the little engine get steam up as the passengers climbed in to the carriages. On the platform I found this moving memorial bench to Peter Tebb, a young man who was clearly attached to the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. The memorial bench is attractively decorated with red squirrels on the legs.