Ravenglass, the only coastal village of the Lake District

This post is part of a series about the Lake District, Cumbria, England. For those who have missed the first parts:

– Part 1: Hiking in lake district, from Rydal to the top of Loughrigg Fell
– Part 2: A taste of Iceland… in the middle of the Lake District
– Part 3: Chasing the sheep in Grasmere (among other things)
– Part 4: Tarn Hows, one hidden gem of the Lake District

The lady from the bed and breakfast recommended us to have a look at the fantastic coast nearby and head towards Ravenglass. Since she has recommended so many great places before, we decided to follow once again, her recommendation. We drove towards the coast, encountered more sheep and fantastic landscape along. It looked promising. One blogger told me on one of my previous post that all the sheep in the Lake District are a special breed called Herdwick sheep. I find them so cute ! It looks like they are smiling sometimes !

We arrived at Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District. The village dates back to at least the 2nd century, when it was an important naval base for the Roman. It is still possible to visit a Roman bath house not so far away from the center of the village. It is considered as one of the tallest Roman structures surviving in northern Britain, as the walls are as high as 4 meters. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I can’t say that we were blown away even if I have to admit that everything is really well preserved. The entrance is free, so, I think it’s worth the visit. The little walk to get there is nice :-)

We also had a look at the coast, well.. here comes the only disappointment of this trip. The coast is quite blank and nothing is really amazing about it. It’s a coast, without a wow factor. And the sign is not the most encouraging one :D

Do you like the British Coast ? What are your favourite “coastal” spots in Northern England ?

 

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112 responses to “Ravenglass, the only coastal village of the Lake District

  1. The warning signs do look rather off-putting to say the least Gin might not be a good idea to walk on the beach! The sheep, however, are adorable and I see what you mean about them smiling – very cute!! Hope you’ve had a good week and have a lovely weekend :)

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  3. I’ve never been exploring the places of Northern England ~ not at all what I would have expected to see, your posts and photos are giving me a look into a pretty magical place.

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  4. Wow, with that sign I would stay well away from the beach! I guess it could be remains after WWII?

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  5. Shame about the coastline. The best coastline in the UK that I have seen is the coast of Dorset. It is known as the Jurassic coast and is stunning, especially with all of its little coves. There are great places to eat in the coves as well, although most of the cafes and restaurants are only open from April until end of Sept.

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    • Oh yes, Dorset looks fabulous, I’ve already seen pictures of it. It’s a bit far away, difficult to get there for a short day trip ;-) But when I’ll explore the South, I won’t miss it ! thanks for the recommendation

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  6. I’ve never been to the coast you are speaking of, but my friend (who lives in the area) has sent me photos, and I have to admit, it’s not what I had expected either. But I imagine that the rest of the scenery and grand vistas in the Lake District make up for the rather unremarkable coastline. By the way, have you seen the film Miss Potter with Renée Zellweger? If you haven’t, I think you might like it. It’s about Beatrix Potter life and touches on her relationship with the Lake District. I think you’d especially enjoy it after having visited the area.

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    • I agree with you, the rest of the scenery is amazing in the Lake District, so maybe it’s best to focus on these areas instead of driving to the coast. I’ve never seen that film, but I may have a look this weekend, thank you for the recommendation. It must be nice to see the locations you’ve visited :-)

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  7. I have seen many pictures of the British coast, yet never visited it! And the photos you share make me regret it more and more. So time for a visit to plan :)

    Those sheep look nice, super fluffy :)

    Best,
    Tieme

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  8. I’ve never really been to much of the coast in England – so I guess this means I’ll have to visit more so I can formulate an opinion!

    And those sheep are great – the one definitely looks like he has a smile on his face!

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  9. We went to Ravenglass this exact weekend last year – just spent about half an hour on the beach but then took the tiny train up the mountain and cycled back down – that’s a great thing to do. Amazing scenery en route on the way down and we even cycled past the Roman bath house on the way back to our car. Glad now we didn’t hang around by the sea!!

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  10. The west coast was a disappointment to me as well, coming from the east coast of the U.S. What do you mean I can’t go swimming? Morecambe bay (south of where you were) can be stunning in the right light but I’ve been told never to swim there (or anywhere along the northwest coast) because the tides are too dangerous.

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  11. Perhaps that sheep is smiling because it’s a disguised wolf XP, her grey wool looks special, here the sheep are white, black and brown.
    Well, that Roman building is not the Forum, but is amazing the lot of time it hides (it doesn’t look so old) I see that it was a place to walk in peace and relaxed more than an attraction to discover.

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    • haha, I haven’t thought about that !! ;-) Maybe it was ! Sheep are really different from one country to another, it’s quite interesting.

      The Roman baths look well preserved, and you can’t imagine it’s so old when you see it from very far away.

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  12. Great post, I think the cheerful looking Herdwicks are the cutest sheep in the world, I fell in love with them in the Lake District. Who wouldn’t? :-)

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  13. Love those sheep… looks like they have plenty of space to roam. Sometimes visiting a place can be disappointing when our expectations get the better of us… it just means we have been fortunate enough to see some spectacular sights in our journeys!

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    • Oh whitby !! I would love to visit !! It looks so gorgeous. I think we’ve wanted to go there previously, but the train tickets were too expensive. Now that we have a car, we may go there !! I didn’t know about Craster or Tynemouth, but it looks quite nice as well ! Especially Craster ! Thanks for sharing these wonderful locations with me :-)

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  14. Love the sheep, they are so round. I can see what you mean about the coast. Not as spectacular as some of your other photos. It’s a sign you have traveled a lot when you can compare these great photos

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  15. I actually love the Northern coast….though it is not the most exciting.I just get a happy feeling whenever i see the sea! I especially love Morecambe bay ( known for its cockle picking and dangerous tides) which stretches from Lancashire into Cumbria.Arnside is a beautiful Cumbrian coastal village and the beach at Baycliff near Ulverston is interesting and packed full of wildlife.x

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  16. Bath houses are amazing. I’ve seen one somewhere in Greece, close to Olympus and I could already feel the atmosphere of those times. One thing which I found both funny and odd is the toilet. All toilets have a hole in front, in the middle of the seat, which was used for inserting a brush in there, and wiping ….you know. The bad part is that they used to pass the brushes from one to the other hahah….yuk.
    Gorgeous photos and very nice story! The sheep are adorable! <3

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    • I have to admit that I didn’t think it was that hilly at first as well :-) I thought it was quite flat :D So I won’t blame you :p It’s a wonderful destination, I would love to go back to explore a bit more and do several hikes :-)

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