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.
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.
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
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
Road Trip: Stavely – Hawkshead – Grasmere – Keswick
Our second road trip is possibly one of the best drives in Cumbria. Taking in the beautiful sites of both the South and Northern Lake District, starting in Stavely and finishing in the picturesque village of Keswick on the shores
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
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
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