The beautiful Eskdale Valley in the Western Lake District sits just inland from Ravenglass and features some of the National Park's highest and most challenging peaks and trails including England's highest mountain Scafell Pike and Hardknott Pass, the UK's steepest road. On the Pass's descent sits the remains of Hardknott Roman Fort dating from the second century AD.
A popular way to access Eskdale is via the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. The route pushes all the way inland to the foot of the Scafell range, culminating at Dalegarth station with an on-site cafe, visitor centre, gift shop and play area. The River Esk flows through the heart of the area and pretty villages like Boot contain wonderful real ale inns and a micro-brewery! Popular attractions in the area include family fun Muncaster Castle.