Known affectionately as La’al Ratty meaning ‘little railway’ in olde Cumbrian dialect, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England. Join us on a seven mile journey through history and the beautiful Western Lake District, as we travel behind an historic engine up to our eastern terminus at Dalegarth.
Best known as the eastern terminus of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, which begins its journey seven miles away on the coast at Ravenglass, Dalegarth Station is open to the public in its own right as a shop, cafe and information centre for those travelling over the Hardknott and Wrynose Passes, passengers arriving from Ravenglass, locals, and those staying in Eskdale.
The popular Fellbites Cafe at Dalegarth serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and grab-and-go packed lunches for those on the go, plus takeaway fish and chips on Fish’n’Chip Train nights!
The Scafell Gift Shop offers a wide range of railway souvenirs and general giftware, including maps, guides and books. Our Visitor Services staff are always on hand to assist visitors whether arriving by train, bike, on foot or by car, and can help make the most of your visit to beautiful Eskdale. On the ground floor of the station is an exhibition about the local area, which is well worth a browse.
The station is the starting point for the Eskdale Trail, running back down Eskdale to Ravenglass – a bike trail but also a pleasant walk.
Dalegarth is the venue for many of the railway’s special events, not all of which require a train journey, offering activity days and guided walks. See the main Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway website for events and information.