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.
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.
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
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.
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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