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Ravenglass & the Esk Estuary Walk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 3.4 miles / 5.5 km

Ascent - 250 feet / 76 metres

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference SD085964
Lat 54.3548900 + Long -3.4094012
Postcode CA18 1SN (approx. location only)

A short circular walk from Ravenglass on the West Cumbria coast. The route turns south following inland paths passing Roman ruins along the way to reach Newtown Knott. From here there are good views along the coast and across the Esk Estuary. The walk then continues to the shores of the Esk Estuary which are followed west past Eskmeals Viaduct. The last section of the route follows the sandy shore back to the start. It is important to note that this part of the route is subject to tides, which should be checked before starting the walk.

The start is the large pay and display car park in Ravenglass (grid ref. SD085964). After parking walk to the south end of the car park and turn right on an enclosed path that leads to a bridge over the railway. Reaching a lane with adjacent fingerpost, turn right and follow the path south. Continue past the Roman bath house (on your left). Continue for 120 metres and take the left fork signed Newtown Knott View (grid ref. SD089958). Continue south along the track and climb gently across the western flank of Newtown Knott. If you wish you can divert left off the main route to enjoy a better view from the summit.

Continue south with a wall on your tight. Where the main track veers left, bear right and head down to a gap in a wall. The path descends steeply across a field to enter a plantation. Reaching a track, turn left and soon after right to exit the trees to the shores of the Esk Estuary (grid ref. SD098950). Turn right along the shore of the estuary. Ahead is Eskmeals Viaduct which crosses the River Esk. Pass under the railway and follow the shore north. (Note this section is subject to tides). Continue along the beach to join Main Street in Ravenglass. A right turn along an alley takes you back to the car park.

Walk 1993 Route Map

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