Hill Walking

  • Hill walking in the Howgill Fells - you can walk all day without seeing another person (maybe just a wild horse or two) - up to the Calf via Cautley Spout.

Road Cycling

  • Road cycling - a great route is to cycle from Brownber Hall, to Hawes over the Butter Tubs and then up to Tan Hill, which is the highest pub in England. We have a range of bikes to hire, which are available on site, provided by Velocene (http://www.velocene.com)

Horse Riding

  • Horse-riding in the Howgill fells with Stone Trail Riding Centre as your guide. They even provide hidden picnic lunches on the hillside for you!

Long Distance Walking

  • Long distance walking - we are just off the Coast to Coast walking path and the Dales High Way

Long Distance Cycling

  • Long distance cycling - we are just off the Lakes and Dales cycling route https://velocene.com/en/lakes-and-dales/


  • Scrambling - a really good and easy world class scramble in the Lake District (in summer, tricky in winter) just 45 minutes drive away - https://www.thebmc.co.uk/how-to-scramble-striding-edge

  • Another world class scramble - https://www.thebmc.co.uk/how-to-scramble-sharp-edge


  • Fishing - you can buy a day ticket from the local newsagents in Kirkby Stephen, to go trout fishing on the River Eden, either in Kirkby Stephen or Appleby

Wild Swimming

  • Wild swimming at Catagill Scar, on the River Eden. There is an almost secret pool in a river glade, just down stream from the ruins of Peddragon Castle.

  • Wild swimming at Stenkrith Bridge, near Kirkby Stephen

  • Wild swimming at Hell Gill at Garsdale Head – A very deep and narrow canyon, almost enclosed, with a stream and impressive rock formations. It descends in easy steps, coming to a 1m waterfall and deep plunge pool.

Wild Flower Hunting

  • Wild flower hunting on the Great Asby Scar, one of the UK’s best limestone pavements - from here you can walk up to Gamelands stone circle.

Bird Watching

  • Bird watching - Massive starling murmurations can be found over Tarn Sike Nature Reserve (depending on the time of year!) - on the fell behind the house.

Ice Cream

  • Eating homemade ice cream in the ruins of Brough Castle.


  • Go to a pub and not buy a drink (its bring your own!) at the 16th Century Temperance pub in Cautley Spout, which is owned by the National Trust.

Star Gazing

  • Its superb dark skies are one of the things that make the Yorkshire Dales National Park so special. With large areas completely free from local light pollution, it's a fantastic place to start your stargazing adventure.