The Upper Eden Valley and Howgill Fells is in an especially beautiful and distinctive area known as the Westmorland Dales, part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It's an excellent location for anyone who enjoys spending time in scenic countryside and pretty villages and is perfectly placed for day trips to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. 

 

We have lots of visitor info at the campsite on recommended places to see, walk, eat and drink while you're here and will let you know about any special events during your visit - so you'll never be stuck for a choice of things to do. In the meantime, read on to get some ideas!

The Visit Eden website has info on the nearby market towns of Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, and the villages of Shap, Orton and Tebay.

​Our own local town is Kirkby Stephen (5 miles) with very pleasant independant shops and cafes, a visitor centre and a selection of really lovely walks and cycle rides. We encourage you to do your shopping there - it has all that you're likely to need and you'll be helping to keep our local shops busy and vibrant.

The pretty village of Ravenstonedale is a 10 minute walk from the campsite, across the fields or down the lane, and benefits from having a friendly pub serving excellent food and real ales.

WALKING

  • Directly from the campsite there are many hill and valley walks to choose from - pick up one of our free leaflets, invent your own route (we can supply you with a footpath map, £3), or take a copy of our guide "Nine Great Walks from Low Greenside", also £3 - each circular walk from the campsite has a little map and directions, including family walks with a pub or cafe en route.

  • A favourite family walk from the farm, suitable for most abilities, is to Smardale Gill Viaduct, a Nature Reserve with lots of wildflowers, rare butterflies, red squirrels, deer, huge lime kilns, and a big old disused railway viaduct to walk across.

  • Stroll over the fields to the pretty village of Ravenstonedale and The Black Swan for a coffee, a pint or a meal. On the way visit the art gallery, the church and the monastic ruins. Children will enjoy the little playground by the river.

  • A few minutes walk from your tent and you are straight out onto the Howgill Fells , where you can walk all day and see no one, with only sheep and ponies to keep you company.

  • Take a circular walk from the campsite to the nature reserve at the Fat Lamb Inn.

  • A more strenuous walk up Cautley Spout, and a right good tea shop when you get back.

  • Walks in the Yorkshire Dales

  • Walks in the Lake District

CYCLING

  • 'Lost Lanes' is an excellent pocket guide to 13 interesting and lovely cycle routes, taking in nearby villages and places of interest (including tea shops, very essential) - available from the newsagents and the Visitor Centre in Kirkby Stephen or online.

  • Local cycle routes can be downloaded here.

  • If you'd like a little assistance, hire an electric bike. Have it delivered to the campsite for a small extra charge.

ACTIVITIES

  • Have a round of golf at the Riverside Golf Course - pretty, informal, fun, and inexpensive! Club hire available.

  • Go pony trekking across the fells from Stonetrail Riding Centre, 2 miles from the campsite.

  • Bring your racquet and play tennis on the public court by the river in Ravenstonedale.

  • Catch a trout for your BBQ at Bessy Beck Trout Farm.

  • Ride on a Classic Bus from Ravenstonedale to Kendal, Hawes or Barnard Castle on market days.

  • Linger in the market towns of Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, and Sedbergh - each with it's own character and attractions.

  • Have a day out exploring the beautiful Eden Valley,  the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District before returning to a peaceful campsite and a quiet evening round your campfire.

  • Or you could just sit by your tent, watch the sheep, listen to the birds, see the light changing on the hills and wait for the cows to come home ....

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GOING CAR FREE

Check out this website for ways to visit the Lake District using public transport

SHOPPING LOCAL

The attractive market town of Kirkby Stephen (5 miles) has a great range of independant shops, cafes, pubs and take aways. You'll be able to get pretty much anything you're likely to need and by shopping locally you'll be supporting many small family businesses.

On the Main Street and around the Market Square you'll find a butcher, greengrocer, bakery, bank with cash point, post office, newsagent, launderette, Visitor Information Centre, Indian restaurant and take away, Chinese take away, 3 fish and chip shops, as well as several cafes, antique and gift shops. There are also two shops selling camping gear, small gas bottles and other hardware (Micmacs and Eden Outdoors). JT Atkinson sells large gas bottles but closes at noon on Saturdays. There's a good sized Coop supermarket and 2 petrol garages at the far end of town.

FARMERS MARKETS

Farmers Markets are held at Orton on the 2nd Saturday and Brough on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 9.30am - 2pm.

Low Howgill Butchers & Deli in Appleby  sells very fine locally produced meats from traditional breeds.

There is also a Farm Shop at Westmorland Services on the north bound carriageway of the M6.

LOW GREENSIDE FARM CAMPSITE

Camping as it used to be!

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