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A day in the Lakes with the Car

If you want to explore some of the places more off the beaten track in the Lake District planning a day out by car will give you added freedom and flexibility.

Test your nerve and experience spectacular views as you drive over two of the most outrageous single track mountain passes in England, Wrynose and Hardknott. You can do both on the same journey.

Leaving Ambleside on the A593 through Skelwith Bridge then onto Side Gates towards Little Langdale, from here you’ll climb Wynose followed by Hardknott.

Make sure to stop off to explore the impressive ruins of Hardknott Roman Fort before descending into the Eskdale Valley.

Enjoy a relaxing and well deserved pub lunch at The Boot Inn, which is also dog friendly.

A short drive down the valley and you come to Dalegarth Station. Here you can park up and hop on board the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway or La’al Ratty (as it’s known in local dialect). The full journey to the Lake District’s only coastal village Ravenglass, takes around 45 minutes.

Here you can explore the onsite Railway Museum which is free to enter, donations welcome. Then take a stroll into the village itself, wander down to the beach or discover more Roman ruins at the Ravenglass Bath House, established in AD 130 and among the tallest Roman structures surviving in northern Britain - the walls stand almost four metres high.

For refreshments there are several pubs in the village The Ratty Arms, Pennington Hotel and the Inn at Ravenglass or there is the railway station café.

Take a return journey on the train to get back to your car, or you could hop off at one of the requests stops to follow a walking route back up to Dalegarth.

For the drive back to Ambleside you can retrace your route over the high passes or alternatively go via the A593, through Broughton-in-Furness and Coniston, offering you views of the Old Man of Coniston and Coniston water.