If you enjoy walking then The Howgills, The Eden Valley and our immediate vicinity offer something for everybody with walks ranging from easy to strenuous, or if you just want a gentle stroll there’s plenty of opportunity for that – how about a walk on Paradise? Or a walk down to the village pubs can be very enjoyable!



Cycling and mountain biking are popular pursuits with our guests; our cottages have secure storage for bikes and each has a hose for cleaning your bike after a muddy ride (is there any other sort?) and you’ll find maps and information in your cottage.



We’re in an ideal location for reaching a lot of places well worth a visit, some internationally famous, some little known. Having absorbed the view of the surrounding hills from your window, you could do worse than to start with the picturesque working village of Ravenstonedale itself.


Wildlife and Photography

Many of our guests have never seen a Red Squirrel, a firm contender for the title of Britain’s Favourite Mammal but near to extinction and completely absent from most parts of the country. Here we’re incredibly lucky to have them as daily visitors, or even residents in our grounds, and you’d be unfortunate not to see one during your stay. We also have an abundance of bird life, and the scenery changes constantly with the angle of the daylight to provide some great landscape photo opportunities. All without leaving our grounds!



There’s trout fishing on both stillwater and river, for the very experienced to the beginner, including instruction.



Ravenstonedale has an 18 hole 9 green small golf course which is open to visitors, who do not need to be a member of any club.



The village has a hard tennis court available for use by visitors, fee payable in The Black Swan.

Children’s Play

There’s a children’s outdoor playground in Ravenstonedale. There’s also a soft play centre in Kirkby Stephen at the old railway station Platform 3 Play (opens in a new window).