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Explore Ravenstonedale

The Green Cumbria is in Ravenstonedale - an unspoiled and picturesque village nestled in Cumbria’s Eden Valley but within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, at the foot of the Howgill Fells. With one main street it is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Ravenstonedale is within easy reach of the Lake District to the West and is a perfect base for your luxury self-catering cottage holiday.

Ravenstonedale is around 20 minutes walk from The Green Cumbria on a quiet lane or across farmers fields. In the village you will find:


  • Two pubs including the excellent Black Swan (Cumbria Tourism Pub of the Year 2022). Both are open year-round and are family and dog friendly. 

  • Children's play area with Scandal Beck running alongside, perfect for a picnic while the kids play.

  • Beautiful 9 hole pay and play Riverside Golf course (clubs available to borrow from us)

  • Free Tennis Court

  • St Oswald's Church, with its unusual layout and Gilbertine monastic ruins.

  • Scar Gallery run by artists David William Morris and Caroline Metcalfe-Gibson.

  • Delightful wildflower meadows just down the road at Piper Hole Goat Farm

  • Lots of options for short walks around the village

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Click here for Directions to Ravenstonedale. The village is around 1 mile from The Green Cumbria and you can walk there in about 20 minutes via a very quick single-track tarmac road or using footpaths across farmers’ fields.


Ravensonedale is located within a Dark Sky Reserve with some of the darkest skies and lowest levels of light pollution in the country. On a clear night you could see as many as 2000 amazing stars. It is possible to glimpse the Milky Way, sparkling star clusters and even the elusive Northern Lights. Have a go with your very own stargazing kit which is provided in your cottage.

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Look out for the local wildlife too, fell ponies coming down for shelter, the friendly and entertaining red squirrels and sheep…lots of sheep!


Interested in History? Look out for Ravenstonedale Tales – Volume 1 and Volume 2 copies of which are in the cottages and by local writer Val Fermer. Each book describes several fascinating family histories, each of which starts with an interesting discovery in Ravenstonedale but you are then taken far beyond a rural Cumbrian Parish to stories of wealth, High Court litigation and huge successes of the Victorian age.

The nearest small town is Kirkby Stephen which is around 6 miles away. In town, you will find everything you need to stock up for your perfect self-catering dog friendly holiday in our quiet corner of Cumbria.

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