Although Ravenglass can be reached by car, train, bicycle, boat or on foot and it is within relatively short travelling distance of several International Airports, one of the joys of the village is that it is just far enough away from the major conurbations not to be overcrowded, even at the peak of the summer season.
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For Sat-Nav use Post-Code CA18 1SQ but beware of instructions to leave the A595 and join the narrow, steep, fell roads that can be hazardous due to low cloud, wandering livestock and ice and snow in winter. They can also be busy at certain times.
You can get directions to Ravenglass by using the interactive map above.
From Scotland :
Leave the M6 South at Junction 44. Take the recently opened Carlisle Western Bypass signed Workington A689 (A595). Once on the A595 stay on that road until reaching Ravenglass.
From the North East
If travelling on the A69 and to avoid central Carlisle at peak times go up the M6 one junction to join the bypass as listed above.
If using the A66 stay on that past Cockermouth until joining the A595 near Workington as listed above. The alternative A5086 from Cockermouth to Egremont is not recommended.
From Ambleside and the Central Lakes: There is a direct route over Wrynose and Hardknott passes. This road is very narrow and includes EXTREME gradients of 33% (1 in 3) with many hairpin bends. It is not for the nervous traveller !!
Ravenglass (for Eskdale) is served by trains from Carlisle to the North via Whitehaven, and Lancaster to the South via Barrow in Furness.
For timetable and other information follow these links:
NOTE: There is no Sunday rail service between Whitehaven and Barrow, but a replacement bus service is available. See below
Steam trains (steam hauled from Carnforth) operate on selected dates from various stations throughout England and Wales, please see our events page or www.statesmanrail.com for further details.
Service 6 and X6 operates daily (except public holidays) between Whitehaven and Ravenglass via Muncaster Castle.
On Sundays this service provides a replacement to the train and operates between Whitehaven and Barrow via Ravenglass and Millom.
Please check the timetable at Whitehaven – Ravenglass
GoLakes Travel is supporting selected bus services this summer and for the second year running, has commissioned the X33 service to run from Ambleside to Coniston, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbrian Heavy Horses, Bootle, Muncaster Castle and Ravenglass. The service will start on 4 May 2013 and will run at weekends until the end of September, as well as daily from 20 July to 8 September. The timetable for the service is being finalised and we will include a copy here as soon as it available. Also look out for the new leaflet which GoLakes Travel is producing with lots of ideas for days out and walks using the X33.
The X33 service is fully funded by GoLakes Travel, with the hope that passenger numbers will increase sufficiently to ensure the continuation of the service when funding is no longer available. Any help that local attractions, businesses and residents can give with publicising and marketing the service would be much appreciated – if you are interested in getting involved please contact Emma Moody, GoLakes Travel Passenger Transport Adviser (email@example.com 01539 792675.
For more information about the GoLakes Travel programme, please visit their website www.golakestravel.co.uk “
Ravenglass is within reasonable travelling distance (2 to 3hrs drive) of Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow, Teesside and Leeds/Bradford Airports (Carlisle Airport does not provide commercial passenger flights). Manchester and Newcastle offer rail connections from the airport to Ravenglass but travellers are advised to check timings and connections.
Ravenglass Estuary provides a sheltered anchorage for small craft. NOTE: The estuary is tidal and DRYING. Sailors are advised to check tides and sailing information before travelling
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For walking route see
Ravenglass is the start (or end) of Hadrian’s Cyclway, National Route 72
NOTE:If you are thinking of bringing a bike on either the train or bus please be aware that the operators will carry only a limited number of bikes on a first-come first-served basis. More information is available on the operator’s websites from the links above.
For a complete range of options for cycling in Cumbria.