Tarn Outdoor Centre, Fell End, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria CA17 4LN       Tel 01539 620832

TOC is situated in the Howgill Fells. Walkers can access the fells and numerous walking routes directly from the door of the Centre. The area is a paradise for walkers. We supply maps and walking routes and can offer advise on the locality if required.

Local wildlife
There is a vast array of wildlife. Bird such as buzzards, woodpeckers, sparrow hawks, and goldfinches are frequently seen around the Centre. Red squirrels visit the gardens and there is an active badger set on Bluecaster fell just across the river Rawthey.

Miles and miles of gently undulating country lanes await cyclists who wish to explore the region by this method.

The Riverside Golf Course, a short 9/18 hole course, lies within the village of Ravenstonedale. The course is open all year round and visitors are welcome to play for a modest fee. A more extensive 9/18 hole golf course, which also welcomes visitors, can be found in Sedbergh. Other golf courses can be found at Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Penrith.

The rivers Eden and Belah are close by for which permits are available locally from Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association. The Lake District is within easy driving distance where a wealth of fishing in rivers and lakes is available. Bessy Beck Trout Fishery is located at Newbiggin-on-Lune and offers bank fishing for rainbow trout on three lakes. There is also a fishing tackle shop at Bessy Beck and a well-stocked farm shop that offers a wide range of local produce.

There is an outdoor tennis court in Ravenstonedale which is open to visitors for a modest fee. Details of how to book the court are posted on the entrance to the court.

Crown Green Bowling
There is a bowling green in nearby Kirkby Stephen which is open to visitors. It is located close to the river Eden near Frank's Bridge.

Local History
The locality has much to offer those interested in local history. For church enthusiasts, St. Oswald's church in Ravenstonedale, rebuilt in 1744, is famous for it's three-decker pulpit and its collegiate, in-facing pews. In the grounds of the present church the foundations of an earlier Gilbertine monastery have been excavated. The first Lord Wharton cleared much of the land around Ravenstonedale for a deer park and compelled local men to build the enclosing wall, the remains of which can still be viewed in the vicinity.

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