Ravenglass – a walk in two parts

Day 4 of my holiday started with the most glorious sunrise over the nearby fells just before 4.30am, a promising start to the day ahead. This was to be my ‘big day out’ and I left the camp site a bit earlier than usual for the drive down to Ravenglass to meet up with Jayne. We had agreed to rendezvous in the village car park and when I arrived I found she had got there just a short while ahead of me. She had reversed her campervan/mobile home into a space in an empty corner of the car park so I drove into the space on its nearside, meaning our side doors were opposite and we could sit and chat easily without being disturbed.
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Jayne had previously suggested taking me for a walk, she had in mind a part of Ravenglass she suspected I hadn’t seen before – she was right – so after much chatting and drinking of cool ginger beer and coffee we set off. Through the car park and over the railway line we came to a pretty little garden set behind the signal box, then past the nearby play park and quite a distance along a lane through a pleasant wooded area we came to the ruins of a Roman Bath House.
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The Roman fort of Ravenglass was established on land between the lane and the river estuary and is believed to have been occupied from AD 130 to the end of the 4th century. Standing almost 13ft high in places, the remains of the bath house are among the tallest surviving Roman structures in northern Britain. The building was identified as being Roman in the 19th century, although it was initially thought to have been a villa and wasn’t identified as a bath house until the 20th century.
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Further along from the bath house the lane turned to the right and led downhill under the railway line to the estuary, where we walked along above the shore line before dropping down onto the sand for the last couple of hundred yards to the village’s main street.
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Back at the car park there was much more chatting to be done until it was time for Jayne to leave but it was still only late afternoon, my car park ticket was valid for all day and I had no reason to rush back to the camp site so I decided to stay for a while longer and take myself off for a walk across the railway bridge to the other side of the river.
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Back in the village I had another walk along to the end of the main street then took a path between the houses and past the end of the car park where Jayne and I had started our walk. At the far side of the railway line for the second time I dropped down onto the platform for the steam railway and came out onto the main road into the village. Down the road and under the main railway line I was then on a loop back to the car park and my final shot of the day was taken as I passed a very pretty cottage garden.
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It was well after 7pm when I finally got back to the camp site, with the good weather having stayed with me all the way back. Meeting up with Jayne had been lovely, I’d had two nice walks and taken lots of photos in the process; it had been a perfect day, now it was time to make a brew and relax for the rest of the evening.

27 thoughts on “Ravenglass – a walk in two parts

  1. Glad to have you Andrew πŸ™‚ There’s nothing much at Ravenglass but it’s an attractive little place and in good weather the views are lovely.

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  2. That was a long, “big day out” for you and what a beautiful sunrise and gorgeous day. How nice to meet up with Jayne and chat and walk together. It’s a nice place with lovely views and how fab is the doggy watering hole, that’s very kind of someone.

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    1. Factoring in the drive there and back, just over an hour each way, it was quite a long day but everything about it was so nice that time really had no meaning. I photographed the doggy watering station outside a cottage two years ago but then it was only a bowl of water so the addition of dog treats and other things is really kind and thoughtful of whoever lives there πŸ™‚

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  3. Ravenglass looks like a pretty little village, and you enjoyed a beautiful sunny day for your walk.
    I love that someone left out some fresh water and dog treats. X

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    1. It’s a nice little village and the surrounding scenery is lovely. The fresh water and dog treats are a nice touch by someone, a quick drink of water was much appreciated by my two even though I had plenty of it in the van πŸ™‚

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  4. Blush, blush, you are too kind, but yes it was a terrific day and I was so pleased to be able to take you to a couple of places you had not seen before.

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  5. Those Roman ruins are impressive and I enjoyed the river views and shoreline – Ravenglass looks like a pretty place πŸ™‚ And you seem to have had lovely weather for your visit too!

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  6. The Roman ruins are bigger than I’ve shown here but some of the walls had steel barriers up against them presumably to stop kids from climbing up but not a good look on a photo. The village is very pretty and the views are lovely but there’s nothing there only two pubs and the steam railway. The weather was glorious and really made the day πŸ™‚

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  7. I heard several years ago that there were Roman ruins there but I never knew where they were so it was nice to be taken there, especially by a fellow blogger who knows the area πŸ™‚

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  8. Glad you like the pics Sharon. I’ve been to Ravenglass twice before, the second time was two years ago just to confirm my previous opinion that there’s nothing there and I was right, there isn’t – makes me wonder what people who live there do to relieve the boredom! I was quite surprised that the shop was actually open – it hasn’t been on my previous visits – but what an untidy mess it is inside! At least the scenery is good and I did get lots of nice pics πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh that shop! I always pray someone else will get hold of it and make it into a much nicer one. That’s what I would do if I lived there. Lol. πŸ™‚

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      1. Maybe if you win the lottery you can retire to Ravenglass and take over the shop πŸ™‚ I know I tend to criticise the village for having nothing there but that’s part of its charm and I think it would be spoilt if there WAS something there.

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  9. Thank you. It was a lovely day, and though there’s nothing really in the village it’s a very photogenic place so there’s plenty of opportunities to get some good shots, especially when the weather is as good as it was that day πŸ™‚

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  10. You certainly had a grand day for that walk – and took some excellent photos.
    I’ve never been to Ravenglass except for driving past making my way up the west coast towards Whitehaven on a trip for work some years ago. Seaside and mountains – I’ll have to go there but will need to arrange weather like you had!

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  11. I wish I could arrange the weather, it would be like that every day πŸ™‚ According to my friend Jayne Cumbria gets some really good weather mid September so that’s when I’ve booked my next trip up there.

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  12. No, it wasn’t that early! I woke early, saw the sunrise through the tent window, nipped out to take the photo then went back to bed for a couple of hours, although saying that I do tend to get up earlier when I’m camping than I do when I’m working. I actually left the site just after 9am πŸ™‚

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  13. What a lovely day. It’s nice to meet up with a friend and you certainly made a full day of it taking a second walk after Jayne had left. How thoughtful that someone had left water and treats for any passing dogs.

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  14. It was a lovely day all round – good weather, good company, and two nice walks in a very picturesque place. The dog stop with everything provided is a lovely touch and very thoughtful – I didn’t take any treats but they both had a drink of water πŸ™‚

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