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Ravenstonedale is an old Westmorland village of solid grey stone houses, two lovely inns, an art gallery and endowed primary school. You can park by Ravenstonedale's school to start a circular walk up to the Howgill Fells. These photographs illustrate Walk 18 "Green Bell" in Paul Hannon's guide book "Howgill Fells" published by 'Walking Country'

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Kings Head Inn pub food and drink Ravenstonedale village, Cumbria, England

The Kings Head Inn, Ravenstonedale, a decent pub for a drink and a bite to eat.

St Oswald Church and graveyard in Ravenstonedale, Cumbria.

St Oswald's Church south view Ravenstonedale village, Cumbria, England

 

Ravenstonedale village, Cumbria, England

 

 

St Oswald's Church and the meagre, but excavated, ruins of the Gilbertine Priory

 

Ruins of Gilbertine Priory St Oswald's Church Ravenstonedale village, Cumbria, England

The ruins of the Gilbertine Priory by the side of St Oswald's Church, Ravenstonedale Cumbria, England

Ravenstonedale village, Cumbria, England

 

The King's Head pub, Ravenstonedale, on the banks of the ? beck or River ?

 

The walled green track that runs west from Ravenstonedale in the direction of Will Hill

 

The Howgills in sight, including Green Bell 2nd on left.

 

Limekiln by Greenside Beck

 

A track continues westwards for a short distance before turning left on a 'hard to follow' track south towards Pinksey hillock.

(compass or GPS very hand on this section of the walk)

 

Looking back down north over Pinksey.

 

Looking south to Green Bell on the right from below Hunthoof Pike (out of sight on right)

 

Looking north-west to the northern slopes of Ravenstonedale Common

 

 

From the trig point on the summit of Green Bell, looking north-west to Ravenstonedale Common on the left.

 

 

View southwest from summit of Green Bell towards the Calf of the Howgill Fells.

 

Looking east from the summit of Green Bell

 

Phil and Molly leaning on the trig point on the summit of Green Bell

 

View looking southeast from the summit of Green Bell.

 

Looking east from just below the top of Green Bell with the great cleft of Long Gill which continues into Wyegarth Gill stretching out from the right back down to Ravenstonedale.

 

Views looking southeast as we returned via Knoutberry and Knott

 

An old sheepfold north-east below the summit of Green Bell

 

Long Gill and Wyegarth Gill crack open the wild landscape of these northern Howgill Fells and hillocks.

 

Looking down on Town Head and beyond Ravenstonedale village.

 

Looking east down Townhead Lane, Town Head, Ravenstonedale

 

Quiet Town Head south of the main village of Ravenstonedale.

 

The Black Swan and its 'beer garden' in Ravenstonedale

 

Finally, back to the triangular car park by the school in Ravenstonedale.


 From WIKIPEDIA

Ravenstonedale

Ravenstonedale is a village and large civil parish in Cumbria, on the watershed between the River Lune and River Eden. The parish had a population of 570 in 2001, increasing to 594 at the 2011 Census.

Historically also known as "Russendale", the parish is divided into four parts (known as 'angles'): Town, Newbiggin-on-Lune, Bowderdale and Fell End. The origin and etymology of the name are obscure. An alternative spelling may be Rausyngdale

Ravenstone Village

The village is centred on a single main street, though there are many scattered dwellings on the periphery. Slightly to the south east of the village centre are the buildings of the former Ravenstonedale Endowed School. It closed in 2015. There are two inns in the village, and one about two miles outside at Fell End.
St Oswald's church
The parish church, dedicated to St Oswald, dates mainly from the rebuild in the 18th century. The tower dates from 1738, and the rest is of 1744. It has an interesting interior where rows of box pews face a central aisle in the collegiate style. There is a very good example of a three-decker pulpit. To the north of the church are the excavated remains of a Gilbertine priory built in the 12th century, which can still be viewed. There is an interpretation board
Governance

An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches north to Great Strickland and has a population taken at the 2011 Census of 976.[6]
Transport links
The village is just off the A685 which runs from Junction 38 of the M6 at Tebay through Kirkby Stephen and connects with the A66 at Brough. The village was served by Ravenstonedale railway station (located to the west of Newbiggin-on-Lune), but it closed to passengers in 1952, and to goods traffic in 1962. The nearest station is Kirkby Stephen railway station which is about 4 miles away by road, and is on the main Settle-Carlisle Line. Ravenstonedale is currently the northern terminus of the Pennine Bridleway.

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