25th August 2011

Lakeland by the sea - Ravenglass and Muncaster Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 14.00 to 16.50
Duration 2 hr 50 min
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with On my own
Ravenglass - Walls Castle - Newtown Knott - Esk Estuary - Hirst Park - Hirst Lodge - A595 - Eskdale Golg Course - Muncaster Tarn - Fell Lane - A595 - Walls Castle - Ravenglass
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Ravenglass village

Although it doesn't feel like it, Ravenglass is still part of the Lake District, but unlike most other places, it has more parking spaces than it's ever likely to need. There is a large car park in the centre of the village and of course the car park next to the La'al Ratty.

Parking is NOT free anymore !!


Route Map

And as if by magic, a pay and display machine turns up. Another free car park bites the dust !
Right, let's have a look, £1.50 for 2 hours, OK but that's not long enough so what's next. £2.80 for 4 hours, but that's too long. I realise I have to pay for 4 hours, but the question is, why didn't it occur anyone to include a 3 hour option. It's not that I can't afford £2.80 and having to pay to park is just life and there's nowt I can do about it. What I object to is the restrictive timings on offer in car parks where people are likely to walk for varying lengths of time.

And than it jumps up to 8 hours.

Anyway: I prefer nice happy thoughts so I'll pay up and then get on and enjoy the walk.
Let me see now, there's 1 pound - 2 pound - 2 pound fifty - 2 pound seventy - 2 pound ninety, , , 2 pound ninety. O crap! Talk about having your pockets picked, you've never got a ten pence piece when you need one!

It was a spur of the moment decision to walk this afternoon. I hadn't expected to get out at all, but in the end, events conspired in my favour and as seen as though the weather was quite good, I took advantage and had a walk around the Ravenglass area which despite its seaside location, is still part of the Lake District.

For the first part of the route I headed across the shoreline behind the houses that form the main street through village.



"Come on in darling, the water's lovely"
"If you say so I suppose it must be, , , by the way, which drawer did you say the life insurance policy was in"


Passing by the Roman Bath House; Walls Castle.

This is the track that leads to Newtown or rather "Newt'n".



Newtown Knott is a tiny hill just south of Ravenglass above the Cumbria Coastal Way. It only takes a couple of minutes to get from the coastal path to the top where you find the ruins of an old beacon. For such a small hill the views are surprisingly good. It's even better from the other side of the ruin.
The fell behind the stones is Black Combe.

Looking around the other way, you see Ravenglass, Sellafield and the Irish Sea.


For a short distance I walked alongside the estuary rather than the proper wider track close by, , , that was until the ground became too wet under foot and the tall grasses you can see became to thick to walk through and to high to see over.

This is much easier.



I know you don't get the views, but it's just lovely walking along woodland tracks on nice days like this. It was nice and hot, there was no one else about and the place was filled with bird song, , , perfect.

Out in the open again and heading across to Hirst Lodge and the main A595.
By the way; if you like walking through mud, you'd love it across this bit.

Hirst Lodge.
Yes, I know 'you' can read, but some less observant people might not have noticed the sign.
Now for a couple of hundred yards walking along the busy main road so it's time to concentrate.

Eskdale Golf Course.

Muncaster Tarn.

and one of its water lilies.


Looking back up Fell Lane.


It looks like I'm getting back just in time.

This is where the street gives way to the beach.
I can remember coming here when we were kids and watching the fishing boats landing their catch. I can also recall the fishermen giving fish to us for nothing. I'm not sure if it was because my Dad happened to know the men or if fish was so plentiful in those days they could afford to give it away.

Ravenglass main (and only) street.

Before I head off home there's time to take a few pictures of the La'al Ratty.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks