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BITSofBRITAIN: Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

As an avid reader / lurker of Rick's message boards over the years I can safely say that this Liverpool UK resident has picked up many a tip as to what to visit in his own back yard that is Great Britain. ..So Many Thanks for that! If the moderation allows here I'd like to share several "Off the beaten track" places that people may (or indeed may not) be interested to hear about in UK. I'll be as honest as I can and can confirm that I have no connections whatsoever to any of the places mentioned. Not everyone's cup of tea as we say here in UK but if the idea of taking a ride on a Narrow Guage Steam Railway appeals then the following is one I would seriously consider. "La'al Ratty" as it affectionately known, was opened in 1875 to bring ion ore from Eskdale to the Furness Railway at Ravenglass (the only coastal village in the Lakeland National Park / Lake District) : A region that many tourists don't always have on their itinerary. The line was purchased by a preservation society and converted to a narrow gauge of 15 inches. The train journey travels 7 miles through beautiful countryside from Ravenglass, calling at Muncaster Mill, Irton Road, The Green, and Beckfoot before finally reaching reaching Dalegarth station, near Boot in Eskdale. From Dalegarth you can walk to Eskdale Mill, Stanley Ghyll Force and St Catherine's Church. Keep your fingers crossed for a sunny day and you just can't beat this.

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