exploring a forgotten coastal corner, this half-day walk or mountain bike
ride is best started in the straggling village of Drigg. Don't be put
off by the presence nearby of the nation's low level nuclear waste dump,
our route heads in the opposite direction. Parking is freely available
along the main road from Holmrook. Opposite the church that occupies the
highest point take the old bridleway that drops between hedgerows and
winds its ancient way down to Holme packhorse bridge. Note that after
the track enters open fields the bridge is dead ahead.
Up the other side and either take bridleway or footpath to join with the
Carlton to Saltcoats tarmac road. This wends its way for a mile through
flatlands before crossing the coastal rail line by level crossing. At
Saltcoats a small caravan site is the only concession to tourism.
Out across the dramatic estuary can be seen the village of Ravenglass.
The village is reached by a footbridge alongside the railway bridge over
the tidal River Mite. The village has pub, the Ratty Arms that features
a dinning area that used to be the station waiting room.
The village also enables a diversion to see the miniature steam trains
of the Ravenglass and Eskdale. For future reference this is a must for
kids of all ages. Take the tracks signposted to the Roman
one of the highest remaining Roman remains in the British
Isles. Past this historic ruin and bear left as signed towards Muncaster.
The track wends its way through woodland up to the Home Farm that served
the Muncaster castle estates. Cross the busy A road and cut across the
Castle car parking area heading for the wooded hills to the North. A bridleway
passes through the lowest point on Muncaster fell before eventually dropping
down steeply to Muncaster watermill.
Take the middle track where the route makes a three way divide. At the
Mill turn right and follow the track that heads east parallel to the miniature
railway. After some 500 yards a footpath drops off left. Take this down
to the railway and cross at Miteside Halt. Cross the footbridge over the
Mite and cross fields to reach a farm road that eventually after a mile
hits the tarmac road known locally as Irton levels. Bear left and drop
down to the main A road. Here turn right to reach Holmrook then turn left
to return to the Drigg starting point.
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