The Black Swan

UK England North West England Cumbria Ravenstonedale

Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria CA17 4NG

Right on the border between Cumbria and its Lake District and Yorkshire and its Dales, the Black Swan, just outside the pleasant market town of Kirkby Stephen, delivers everything we expect of a country pub with rooms. It's in a fabulous rural location, close enough to both national parks to explore them comfortably. The rooms are cosy and comfortable without being ostentatious and have all the amenities you need (they also have a couple of rooms on the ground floor for disabled or elderly visitors) and they welcome dogs, so you can make the most of the vast array of walks in the immediate area, most notably the beautiful Howgill Fells. There's a homely downstairs bar, and food in the dining room is appealingly hearty and homemade, perfect after a long day's walking, locally sourced and from a changing seasonal menu that features plenty for vegetarians.



There’s a compost toilet and a woodland shower for the exclusive-use of glampers but, during opening hours, guests are also welcome to use the hotel facilities too. Each of the yurts has a king-sized double bed, made up to hotel standard with towels, robes and slippers included too. There are tea and coffee-making facilities but no cooking facilities. The largest of the yurts, Norse, is six metres and has a sofa bed too so is capable of sleeping up to four guests. The other two yurts, Hygge and Wilderness, are five metres and suitable for two (with the option of an additional camp bed for a child). They each have a log-burning stove inside and another outside with outdoor seating too.

Suitable For

x Families
x Couples
x Groups of friends (Up to 4 in Viking with the other yurts accommodating a couple each - Covid 19 advice allowing)
x Solo travellers
x Adventurers
x Nature lovers
x Cyclists
x Walkers
x Dogs

Please note that our yurts are not accessible by wheelchair and are down several steps on a bridge


The pub is situated within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and close to the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park – just half an hour from Windermere, so there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure and sightseeing. Cumbria Classic Coaches (01539 623254) operates heritage bus tours from the village and the Stone Trail Riding Centre offer horse riding and mountain bike hire. The Coast-to-Coast walk passes nearby and the scenic Carlisle-Settle Railway’s Kirby Stephen station is just a mile down the road. There are plenty of lovely market towns nearby too including Kirkby Stephen just five miles away with Settle, Penrith, Kirkby Lonsdale and Barnard Castle within a half-hour drive.

Food & Drink

You don’t need to look far for good food as you’re camping in the back garden of The Black Swan with its AA Two-Rosette restaurant. A hearty Cumbrian breakfast for two is included in the price of your stay and eating dinner there is not only a highlight of your stay but a necessary delight as there are no cooking facilities at the yurt (although tea and coffee facilities are included). The pub can also provide packed lunches for days out or picnic meals. For more supplies, Kirkby Stephen has a good selection of shops five miles down the road.


Open all year.


Double rooms £75–£100, suites £115–£130.


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