Local Attractions

Our village is fortunate to have its very own golf course and tennis course for our guests’ enjoyment. Amazing walks from our door (loan maps and walks available) in our unspoilt and quiet countryside.

Our very own garden boasts a family of otters, red squirrels, foxes and an SSSI river. Relax in our garden hammock, paddle in the river, enjoy a BBQ, or enjoy our range of garden games.

The central Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Durham Dales and Scottish Borders are only a short drive away, as are the lovely market towns of Sedbergh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kirkby Stephen, Penrith and Barnard Castle.

The Carlisle-Settle railway, with regular steam trains, passes only a few short miles from our door. We offer a free pick-up/drop-off service (by prior arrangement).

The Coast-to-Coast walk passes nearby and we are a very popular stop to rest and refresh! (pick-up/drop-off service available from Kirkby Stephen (by prior arrangement).

We are centrally located for many other popular walks and cycle routes (storage and drying facilities available)

For more information see the local Ravenstonedale website.

Local Links

Map reading courses from this pub

Never get lost again with these weekend map reading courses. Get the skills you need to plan and undertake your own walks in the countryside; skills that will last a lifetime. Bespoke courses and hill days available. Instructor: Mark Reid, author of 'The Inn Way' guidebooks.

Lake District Guided Walking

Offers guided walking in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Howgill Fells.

Stone Trails Holidays

Horse riding and mountain bike hire.

Cumbria Classic Coaches

Located very close to the Black Swan Hotel. Offers regular services to a range of destinations in Cumbria and Yorkshire as well as bookings for special occasions such as weddings, day trips etc.

Sunsoar Paragliding

The UK's premier paragliding school for training in the UK and abroad.

Alan Roberts Photography

Offers a wide variety of professional photography services including weddings, events, portraits, greeting cards and images for websites.

Neil The Fisherman

Offers personalised fly fishing experiences on the Eden and other waters. Enquire for more details

Artlegarth Country Lodges

3 luxury log cabins each sleeping 4 adults and 2 children. Situated in an exceptional and breathtaking location amid stunning scenery. All lodges are spacious and very well furnished.

Fishing On River Eden

View catch returns, daily condition reports and live images of the river at Kirkby Stephen.

Muddy Boots Guided Walks

Get the most out of your time in the Yorkshire Dales with a private guided walk! Muddy Boots can arrange bespoke guided walks starting and ending at the hotel, or anywhere in the local area. They know the Dales like the back of their hand so, whether it’s your first time in the Dales, you’re looking to get off the beaten track, are new to hiking, or simply want to learn a bit more about the area, Muddy Boots can plan a guided walk to suit you. All of their guided walks are led by Muddy Boots’ co-founder, Matt, a qualified hiking guide, who can plan the route to fit in with your requirements for distance, difficulty and location, and with your interests.


Guide To The North

Eleanor has put together a “guide to the north” for our guests that is available for you on this page. There are advised attractions (all of which have been personally tested by Eleanor herself and deemed fabulous enough to share. If you have any questions, please ask and we will do our best to point you in the right direction. Brochures for individual attractions are also available in the bar and lounge.

There are buses run by “Cumbria Classic Coaches” which visit several locations around the north. However, this is not a regular bus service. Please seek a timetable from the bar or a member of staff if this is something you’re interested in.

We can arrange pick up and drop off services from the Carlisle-Settle railway at Kirkby Stephen station. This is a wonderful railway which is highlighted more below. Please ask a member of staff.

Taxis are available locally but are very limited. Please ask a member of staff about booking one and leave as much time (ideally days) as possible to make sure your travel is guaranteed.

We have a booklet of 9 circular walks which start and end at the hotel which are available to purchase from reception at a cost of £3. We also have a booklet called “ A stroll around Ravenstonedale” which highlights the history of the village . These are also available at reception for £3.95.

Explore Our Guides

Click the links for more information on the individual road trips, walks and adventures.

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Within 10 Minutes of Black Swan Hotel

Our closest town is Kirkby Stephen, 5 miles East. Kirkby Stephen is a small town but has a variety of shops for gifts, clothes, walking gear, and antiques. It’s a lovely little place for a stroll and a coffee. You

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Road Trip: Sedbergh – Skipton – Hawes

Take a journey through the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, taking in small towns, brewery stops, stunning waterfalls and a little bit of Wendsleydale Cheese (Eck! Gromit!) Sedbergh – small book town Kirkby Lonsdale – Lovely shops

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Road Trip: North East

Hadrian’s Wall, giant High Force waterfalls, the quaint Durham city and an eye test at Barnard Castle. Our North East road trip takes in all the best sites. Barnard Castle and The Bowes Museum High Force waterfall – Middleton in

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Road Trip: Further Afield

The Black Swan is perfectly situated for exploring the North of England & South Scotland. There are some amazing locations within day trip distance. So, if you’ve seen the Lake District, plodded the Yorkshire Dales and STILL looking for things

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Local Shopping Guide

We so hope you enjoy your stay with us and your socially distanced shopping experience. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 lockdown, we have been unable to print the copy of this brochure for you. However, we hope you enjoy your gift

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Our Rooms

Room One

Room 1 sleeps 2 guests & is located on the first floor main landing & boasts beautiful view across into our riverside garden. This room has a King...

Room Two

The oldest part of the pub, a cosy room sleeping 2 guests with a double bed, located on the first floor landing. With views over our riverside garden,...

Room Three

Room 3 is one of our most grand, sleeping upto 3 guests with a Super king bed & the option of additional sofa bed, or splitting into a twin room. Located...

Room Four

Room 4 is one of our smallest rooms with limited storage space but makes it up with big personality. Sleeping up to 2 guests, draw the curtains from your...

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