Discovering Eskdale’s historic past

White Moss Stone circle: One of the curious and little known stone circles on Eskdale Fell.

White Moss Stone circle: One of the curious and little known stone circles on Eskdale Fell.

IF you have ever wondered about some of the history behind beautiful Eskdale then you can go exploring with the National Trust on June 1.

NT Rangers will be guiding people around the historic and important sites in the valley. And there will also be a ‘visual’ treasure hunt for children along the route.

Begin your day by taking the Ratty steam train from Ravenglass to Dalegarth. This delightful 40 minute journey takes you on the miniature railways through some of the county’s most beautiful landscape.

The walk starts with a walk from Dalegarth Station to Boot Mill. The mill on Whillan Beck is one of the oldest water powered corn mills in England.

From there you will go up on to Eskdale Fell to visit the stone circles. Few people realise there are stone circles in Eskdale – and even those that do have trouble finding them! Although small circles, they are quite impressive against the fell and seem to appear out of nowhere as you walk towards them.

The walk takes about two hours and you will need suitable footwear and clothing for on the fell. Meet at Dalegarth Station at 11.30am on June 1 (also on July 1).

See http://ravenglass-railway.co.uk