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Ravenglass - Day 2

Ravenglass – Rushing waters and Rugged Coastlines

Discover the rugged beauty of Cumbria’s coastline in the western part of the Lake District, where the mountains meet the sea. Cumbria’s coastal towns and villages offer all kinds of shoreline adventures and Ravenglass can boast being in not just one, but two World Heritage Sites.

Take a ride into the mountains on the idiosyncratic Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, then visit Muncaster Castle and learn about the family who have resided there for generations.

MorningMorning

Take the short walk to Muncaster Castle via the Eskdale Cycle Trail (signed from the station). This 30-40 minute walk takes in the Roman Bath House; one of the tallest Roman remains in Britain.

You cannot miss Muncaster Castle as its impressive shape rises out of the tree-line. Dominating the Lake District Coast and bursting with treasures and tales, haunted Muncaster oozes history from every rough stone which fashion the castle walls.

Plants from all over the world, especially the Sino-Himalayan region, nestle in the wild splendour of over 70 acres of gardens with the dramatic backdrop of the glorious Lakeland fells. Many rare and unusual trees and plants flourish here. Whatever the time of the year there is always something in flower spectacular Rhododendron, Camellia and Azalea collections blend with majestic mature trees and parkland.

Explore at leisure.
Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle

Dominating the Lake District Coast where the mountains tumble into the sea and bursting with treasures and tales, haunted Muncaster oozes history from every rough stone which fashion the castle walls.
 

LunchLunch

Tuck into lunch at Creeping Kate’s Café, located in the Castle’s former stables and aptly named for one of the family’s most successful racehorses.
 

AfternoonAfternoon

Set in the beautiful gardens of Muncaster Castle, the Hawk & Owl Centre offers exhilarating bird of prey flying displays daily from Easter to Christmas, plus the wild heron feed daily, all year-round.
Hawk and Owl Centre

Hawk & Owl Centre at Muncaster Castle

Set in the beautiful gardens of Muncaster Castle, the Hawk & Owl Centre offers exhilarating bird of prey flying displays daily from Easter to Christmas plus the wild heron feed daily year-round.
 

EveningEvening

After watching these majestic beasts soaring above, return either by the shorter roadside route or the cycleway to Ravenglass, where you can spend another night, or head home.
Ravenglass

Ravenglass

Ravenglass on the Lake District Coast is a pretty village with lots of leisure craft in its estuary. But its maritime legacy is not recent, as almost 2000 years ago, the Romans guarded this coast against Barbarian invasion.
 

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Weather
The weather in the Lake District can change quickly, clear morning skies can rapidly give way to rain, sleet or even snow so be prepared! Changes in weather can dramatically alter the difficulty of a route so please consider this before setting off. Call 0844 846 2444 to check the forecast.

Practical information
Appropriate clothing can make all the difference. It is important to be warm, comfortable and dry when out exploring so make sure you have the appropriate kit and plenty of layers.

Your rucksack should hold everything needed and be carried comfortably. Have extra layers, a hat and gloves, enough food and drink, and a first aid kit. A compass, map and the knowledge to use them is invaluable.

Mobile phone reception isn’t always good in the Lake District. Leave details of your route and expected finish time with a buddy. If you are delayed please contact your buddy to let them know. This will prevent mountain rescue, a team of volunteers, being called out unnecessarily. If there is an emergency call 999, ask for Cumbria Police and give your location; an accurate grid reference is ideal.
 
 

Details of Muncaster CastleMuncaster Castle

Dominating the Lake District Coast where the mountains tumble into the sea and bursting with treasures and tales, haunted Muncaster oozes history from every rough stone which fashion the castle walls. John Ruskin described the stunning views of England’s highest mountains as “Heaven’s Gate”. Still cherished by the family who have inhabited Muncaster for over 800 years, the surrounding woodland gardens teem with wildlife & nurture exotic plants from around the world. The fabulous Hawk & Owl Centre flies falcons, owls, hawks, eagles, herons & vultures daily to enchant visitors with the majesty of these fascinating birds of prey.

Gift shop, café, church, playgrounds, special events & onsite B&B. A romantic venue for weddings and celebrations.

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Contact

Customer Services Team
Tel: 01229 717614

View the Muncaster Castle websitewww.muncaster.co.uk
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Venue

Muncaster Castle

Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ

CA18 1RQwww.muncaster.co.uk

Map reference: SD 103963
     Lat: 54.35432  Long: -3.38167
Located 1 mile south of Ravenglass on the A595. Follow signs for the Western Lake District from junction 36 of the M6 motorway. SatNav CA18 1RD.

Parking : free

Public Transport : 1 mile from Ravenglass station

We recommend visitors with disabilities contact us before their arrival for advice. Dogs are welcome on site but can't enter the castle or Owl Centre.

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