A Visit to Ravenstonedale

Ravenstonedale is a quaint old village on the north side of the Howgill Fells, just off the main road from the M6 at Tebay to Kirkby Stephen and Brough. Until better roads were built in the second half of last century this must have been a very remote place – although at that time it did have access by railway (the station was at neighbouring Newbiggin-on-Lune).


I’ll write more about this area as time goes on. Ravenstonedale is an excellent base for walking in the Howgills. For the moment, though, I’ll just include these three photos from a day or two ago – the main street through the village looking toward the north, and the parish church.


Maybe in a later post, or in an addition to this one, I’ll give and explain my answer to the question of whether Ravenstonedale should be considered as Eden or Lunesdale. It depends on whether we’re talking about the village or its wider parish. If you don’t know the answer to this puzzler check the Ordnance Survey map carefully. Either way I’d say that Ravenstonedale belongs to the Howgills, but Eden or Lune?

Scandal Beck as it arrives at Ravenstonedale

Oh, and by the way, the sky really was blue this past week. It’s changed again today, back to a misty grey. In fact, already, on the picture of Scandal Beck here on the left there are clouds to be seen in the direction of Wild Boar Fell (just visible in the distance). Incidentally, Scandal Beck is in my opinion the key to the puzzle in the previous paragraph. Here it’s arriving as a small stream after several very dry days. Further down the village it receives a lot more water as the accumulation of several other becks joins it. But where does it go next, and where does it end up?

Another clue relates to Newbiggin. Yes, I’ve already referred to it as Newbiggin-on-Lune, but does this make Ravenstonedale part of Lunesdale? You must be the judge – after scrutinising the map!

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