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Stage 7: Silecroft to Ravenglass — Cumbria Coastal Way

Stage 7: Silecroft to Ravenglass — Cumbria Coastal Way

Difficult
06:09
14.8 mi
2.4 mph
500 ft
500 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Includes off-grid segments

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4.85 mi in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
3.83 mi
10.4 mi
12.7 mi
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Muncaster Castle

Hiking Highlight

14.0 mi
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Walls Castle

Hiking Highlight

14.8 mi
Destination

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Hiking Path: 2.19 mi
Path: 4.65 mi
Street: 326 yd
Road: 2.56 mi
State Road: 0.36 mi
Off-grid (unknown): 4.85 mi

Surfaces

Natural: 1.62 mi
Unpaved: 0.83 mi
Paved: 2.56 mi
Asphalt: 0.36 mi
Unknown: 9.43 mi

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Alex Foxfield planned a hike.

January 14, 2021

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  • Alex Foxfield

    This stage of the Cumbria Coastal Way takes you from the vast seafront at Silecroft to the confluence of the Rivers Esk, Mite and Irt at Ravenglass, a small coastal village. There’s plenty to interest history buffs, with a visit to the grand Muncaster Castle, as well as northern England’s largest Roman ruin.

    You should walk the initial arrow-straight, 6-mile (9.7 km) section between the villages of Silecroft and Eskmeals at low tide to avoid lengthy inland detours. The wave-cut glacial clay cliffs at Gutterby and Annaside are quite a sight, whilst stirring views to Lakeland giants Pillar, Great Gable and the Scafells open up in the east on the approach to Annaside farm. Ahead, you can see the cliffs at St Bees Head.

    Between here and the mouth of the River Esk is the Eskmeals Firing Range. A route that sticks to the coast is only accessible when the range is not in operation and at low tide. For information about firing dates, visit qinetiq.com/en/eskmeals/forthcoming-range-activity.

    The usual and more direct route follows the road to the rural parish of Waberthwaite. After crossing the Esk, you have the option of spending some time exploring Muncaster Castle and its 77 acres (31 ha) of curated gardens and woodland. A little way further up the road you come to Walls Castle, the substantial ruins of a Roman bath house, before arriving in Ravenglass.

    The popular coastal village of Ravenglass is on the Cumbrian Coast railway line and is also the terminal for the narrow gauge Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Affectionately known as ‘La’al Ratty’, this train ride is a beautiful way to experience the scenic treasures of the southern Lake District. There is a small hotel, guesthouses and camping in the village.

    • January 28, 2021

Alex Foxfield

Stage 7: Silecroft to Ravenglass — Cumbria Coastal Way