Iconic Lake District attraction La'al Ratty gets back on track

A popular tourist attraction in the Lake District has welcomed visitors for the first time since the pandemic hit the UK.

The iconic Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, which boasts panoramic views of the Cumbrian coast and mountain scenery of the Lake District, announced its temporary closure in March.

During lockdown, 'La'al Ratty' experts have kept the steam engine in good condition and installed a new luxury observation carriage for visitors.

The new carriage installed during lockdown. Credit: Cumbria Police

Head of Marketing & Development at Lake District Estates, Rachel Bell said: "We’re excited to welcome visitors once again, especially with the new observation carriage experience. As you would expect, there are a few new ‘Ratty rules’ to help us manage capacity and ensure the safety of all visitors and staff.

"We’ve also strengthened our health and safety regimes in line with government guidelines, but we’re feeling positive about the future and think our new-look timetable will give people the feeling of freedom they’ve been missing as they enjoy their summer staycations in the Lake District.”

Passengers must purchase a dated and timed ticket before 9am on the day of travel and face coverings must be worn.

Bosses say the attraction has achieved its official ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation to show it is following all the official Government safety measures and public health guidance.