It’s not just railway aficionados who can ride on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, a heritage narrow gauge steam railway located in the western Lake District, as it is perfect for small and larger groups as well.

The seven-mile journey takes you through wild woodlands to the foot of some of England’s highest peaks, with panoramic views over the estuary onto the west coast. Ravenglass is located within two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – The Lake District National Park and Hadrian’s Wall Frontier.

The Steam to the Hills journey runs from Ravenglass Station to Dalegarth (£8.50 return journey), or you can combine your trip with a visit to Muncaster Castle, and its Bird of Prey flying show for £15. There is also a museum which provides insight into the history of the railway.

Alternatively why not take a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway? Read about Mark Bibby Jackson’s trip along it at Whitby and the North York Moors.

New for 2019 is a First Class Observation car which provides 360-degree views of the valley (additional £5). Or you could combine your train ride with a trip on a gondola on Lake Conistion and a visit to the castle or the museum, minimum group of six.

Finally, if you are planning a special works outing or special occasion, the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway can take up to 150 persons per train with free charter upgrade with a private train header board for groups that want specific tours and private dining at Muncaster Castle. Free museum entry is included in the rail tour complete with interactive displays/tour guide option.

For more information on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, visit: Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. Cover photo: Barrow Marsh reflections by Mark Fielding.