Friday, 31 May 2013

Cumbria

Leaving Dalegarth.

We've just come back from a long weekend in Cumbria. We went away as it was our fifth wedding anniversary!

Maryport

The weather for the most part was excellent; clear skies and warm sunshine. Only on the last day did the heavens open. And they did so spectacularly. Though I have been informed that it's to be expected up there, as 'how else do you think they keep the lakes topped up'...

Drigg Signal Box

The area is lovely and it's the first time I've been right to the coast in Cumbria. In part it has similarities with parts of the East Yorkshire coast. The coast has much for the railway enthusiast - the Cumbrian Coast line is delightful and still traditionally signalled. I imagine that being a signaller on the line is quite a nice, laid back way of life.

Wroxham Broad at Ravenglass

Despite the weekend marking our wedding anniversary, somehow it was planned we'd to visit the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway! It's a place I've wanted to visit for a very long time, and thankfully it didn't disappoint.

Ravenglass, RER station

I was really taken by the railway - it was a shame we didn't have a ride, but a small boy who wasn't very well just wasn't up to it. He still enjoyed seeing the railway! Asking a few times questions like "Is that engine like Jock?"

Northern Rock at Ravenglass, very similar to Jock!

The railway has a really lovely feel to it and I think is well worth visiting. It has a friendly feel to it but I felt the operation for turning trains seemed slick and professional. It's hard to balance the two and still have a nice feel but they've done it here very well.

Wroxham Broad approaching Dalegarth

Just before we came home we managed to squeeze in a visit to the top end of the line at Dalegarth and have a drink and a piece of cake before heading home. I think someone had turned the lake filling system on!

Samson in the rain at Dalegarth!

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