Ravenstonedale, Cumbria. Location map
 
  Scene showing Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, England   Ravenstonedale.

Ravenstonedale is a small village in Cumbria about 10 miles east from the M6, about 4 miles south-west of Kirkby Stephen and only 5 miles from the Yorkshire border.

An unspoiled village with beautiful rolling countryside and peaceful country lanes set on Carboniferous Limestone. This is the sort of rock that produces caves and other interesting features like limestone pavements.

 

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  View of Little Asby Scar, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, England   Ravenstonedale.

A short four mile drive from Ravenstonedale are Great Asby and Little Asby scars. These impressive areas of limestone pavement are natural Karst landforms consisting of flat, incised surfaces of exposed limestone that resemble artificial pavements.

This is on Little Asby Scar. There is very little limestone pavement found anywhere in the world, but Britain and Ireland have much of this habitat. Limestone pavement is protected by law in the UK and it is an offence to damage or remove it

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  View towards Ravenstonedale from the Swaledale road, Cumbria, England   Ravenstonedale.

The road from Nateby, near Ravenstonedale, to Keld in Swaledale is a trip in itself. Nine miles of narrow winding road going over high ground with plenty of dramatic scenery and providing views like this looking towards Ravenstonedale.

Although the road is only single track there are plenty of places to pull off the road to allow other vehicles to pass or to stop and take photographs

 

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  View of the Smardale Gill Viaduct, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, England   Ravenstonedale.

It is easy to walk out of Ravenstonedale along Scandal Beck towards Kirkby Stephen via Smardale Gill Viaduct shown here. It is not a strenuous walk but it does go through some rather splendid countryside.

 

 

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  View of Frank's Bridge, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England   Kirkby Stephen.

Kirkby Stephen is a small, traditional market town in the Upper Eden Valley just 4 miles from Ravenstonedale. This is Frank's Bridge, a 17th century corpse lane bridge and there are stones at the right-hand end where the coffins could be rested on their way from Hartley or Winton.

 

 

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Read our report of this trip to Ravenstonedale, Cumbria on the Blog.