Ravenstonedale lies at the foot of the Howgill and Wild Boar fells offering excellent opportunities for walking. Pamphlets are provided in your lodge for twenty local walks in Ravenstonedale and Kirkby Stephen, some of them leaving from the doorstep of your lodge. With plenty of options you can choose from a gentle stroll right through to an enthusiastic yomp.
Artlegarth Lodges are a short scenic stroll (one mile) down a quiet country lane to the village of Ravenstonedale with its popular two real ale pubs, The Black Swan and The Kings Head, which both serve fantastic food. The Fat Lamb can also be walked to via country lanes (2 ½ miles) or cross country (1 ½ miles). A short drive or taxi ride away is The Cross Keys, which we highly recommend for a unique afternoon tea or dinner experience.
Bessy Becks in neighbouring village Newbiggin on Lune offers excellent fishing in well stocked trout lakes for all skills and abilities. Rod hire and tuition is also available as well as providing a lovely tea room selling home made goods. River fishing can also arranged on the Lune and Eden with permits available from Tebay Anglers and Kirkby Stephen Anglers respectively.
The Riverside Golf Club is conveniently located in the centre of Ravenstonedale offering 9/18 holes in a picturesque setting. More established golf courses are also located in Kendal, Sedbergh and Penrith.
The village of Ravenstonedale also boasts an outdoor tennis court maintained by the Ravenstonedale Tennis Club with racket and ball hire available in the Black Swan pub. Details of how to book the court is available from the Club and detailed on the entrance to the court.
The bustling market town of Kirkby Stephen is seven miles away and offers a myriad of shops, restaurants, pubs, cafes and historic sites, in addition to its weekly Monday market.
The undulating scenic quiet country lanes are a haven for both the keen and occasional cyclist. There are also miles of off roading biking on the Pennine Bridleway, England’s latest long distance trail for horses and bikes. Bikes can be hired from Stonetrail who will provide route maps and advice.
As for cycling above, the Pennine Bridleway provides miles of trails as does the Eden Valley loops. Stonetrail, a BHS approved trekking company, organize daily treks ranging from one hour to a full day.
In addition to relaxing in your hot tub you can also arrange to have a spa treatment in the comfort of your own lodge. Enhance and Beauty by Hollie can also provide hair care and treatments in their salons located in Kirkby Stephen.
The area is a haven for wildlife with regular sightings of red squirrels, rabbits and the occasional deer. There is an abundance of birds to spot including Herons, Lapwings, Curlew, Buzzards, Thrushes, Pheasants, Goldfinchs, Collared Doves and Woodpeckers to name but a few. Don’t forget to look out for the parrots in Kirkby Stephen as well!
Cumbria Classic Coaches offer three timetabled serviced weekly routes seasonally to Hawes (home of the Wensleydale Creamery) and all year to Barnard Castle in their beautifully restored vintage buses. Timetables are available in your lodge and the buses pick up from Ravenstonedale village. Loved by locals and tourists alike these are a great day out.