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Travel in West Cumbria is better in the daytime than at night!



Trains run down the west coast from Carlisle to Lancaster, throughout the day, with a limited service in the evenings and on Sundays. The service is one of the most scenic in the country with stretches running just above the beacky beaches, beneath the cliffs;  across viaducts over tidal inlets and natural harbours; through grassy beach areas of scientific interest and  wonderful views of Sca Fell, Great Gable, etc to the East, and Snae Fell on the Isle on Man to the West. Truly a feast for the eyes!

Many fantastic pubs can be reached by train during the daytime,  but only between Whitehaven and Carlisle in the evenings and on Sundays.

Northern Rail - 0845 00 00 125 www.northernrail.org


THE RATTY - a narrow gauge steam railway

The mainline trains connect at Ravenglass with the Ravenglass & Eskdate Railway, which runs steams trains several miles in the lovely valley in the Lake District, with 5 good real ale pubs. A combined ticket for both lines is cheaper than buying them separately. The scenery here, too, is wonderful - little valleys, woodlands, mountains covered with glorious rhododendrons in June, rivers, waterfalls, red squirrels, deer and sheep!!

01229 717171  www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk



Buses are generally operated by Stagecoach and cover the main coastal strip and bigger inland towns every hour or so, but some more remote villages may only have a bus twice a week and some are not on a bus route at all.


There is a Saturday bus service from Seascale station that times with trains, to Nether Wasdale and Wasdale Head, giving time for a good long walk or climb, with refreshment at good real ale pubs afterwards (Nether Wasdale has the Strands Inn and brewery, and two more, and more level/gentle walking; Wasdale Head has the Wasdale Head Inn and Great Gable, Pillar, Scafell, etc). Best to pre-book as it is only a 16 seater. Info here

Travelline Northeast and Cumbria has fullest info about all travel in the area, including services operated by smaller companies.



Taxis are plentiful, and not over priced!



Sadly, some of our best pubs, eg The Kirkstile Inn, are not reachable by public transport unless you travel from Keswick and will walk 44 minutes from the bus stop ..... (some will ... so look on traveline for Loweswater Woodend for the nearest then google maps for the exact location of the pub!)




Last Updated on Monday, 16 April 2012 09:13