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Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in Cumbria is one of the oldest minimum gauge heritage railways in England. Passengers journey from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, to Dalegarth in the scenic valley of Eskdale, on a beautifully scenic, steam-hauled journey through seven miles of beautiful track. 

The original Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway was built with the purpose of hauling ore from local mines and opened on May 24th 1875. After locals expressed a desire for a passenger service through the valley, the line was upgraded and the first passenger train ran in November 1876. The original railway closed in April 1913 due to its poor condition and was rebuilt and reopened in 1915 as the railway we travel on today. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction for visitors to the Lake District, offering fantastic scenic views across verdant fields, undulating hills and the highest mountain range in England.

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“Most of this trip was excellent, from booking, postponing and rebooking, the day-today programmes and particularly our Tour Manager Nicky. The Hotel was convenient, next to the station and right in the middle of Carlisle, and individual staff were friendly and helpful. The reasons I only gave 4 stars were a) The food. For the Welcome Dinner on first evening the chicken was dried out and the potatoes undercooked. Breakfasts - a good selection but the cooked elements left open and were frequently dried up. Bedroom tea tray. We understood why daily full cleaning of bedrooms was on hold due to Covid restrictions, but why was it necessary to have to fill in a form to replace every tea-bag or milk portion? b) bedrooms. The original antislip pattern in the bath had worn a bit thin, so a note by the bath advised 'If you can't find your bathmat please ask'. Why not leave it IN the bathroom and not hide it in the wardrobe? The toilet needed 5 go's to make it flush properly The hot water was not as hot as it should be. c) Cleanliness. A note outside the lift said 'This lift is cleaned regularly'. It clearly wasn't. the same bits of rubbish and marks on the wall were present for 4 days. We could sympathise with the slightly worn stair carpets in several places but, but again they did not appear to have been hoovered for a week. Overall it fell short of our expectation of an AA 3 star hotel
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