The local pack of foxhounds is the Lunesdale. A little further afield are the Lake District packs such as the Ullswater and Blencathra.
There are some sporting agents based in Appleby in Westmorland from which local shooting can be arranged.
Lytheside Cottage lies within easy access to the Rivers Lune and Eden which provide both excellent Salmon and Brown Trout fishing. Both are beautiful rivers to fish. Further afield is the Lake District with lakes and the lakeland tarns which provide not only the adventure of actually climbing to reach them but also excellent sport upon arrival. Fishing can be arrange prior to the guests arrival.
Guests of Lytheside Cottage can truly enjoy a wide range of local interests and activities. Further details of some are listed below.
Towns and Villages
The nearest market town to Lytheside Cottage is Kirkby Stephen, about 3 miles away, where there are a variety of pubs and restaurants offering good dining. There are also many shops supplying groceries, gifts and antiques. Kirkby Stephen is a recent winner of the Calor 'Best Village in Britain' award.
The picturesque village of Ravenstonedale lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty. While the surroundings are idyllic and offer visitors peace and tranquility Ravenstonedale is an ideal location from which to explore the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks.
Sedbergh is a small town nestling in a valley at the foot of the Howgill fells. It is becoming increasingly famous as for its annual book festival. Sedbergh is an ideal base from which to explore the Howgill Fells, a compact cluster of hills rising to about 2,000 feet about 40 square miles in area between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.
The Howgill fells are nearby and offer excellent opportunities for walking. The Howgills are less crowded than the central Lake District fells and gradients are not usually as steep. A little further afield are the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks which offer walking amid spectacular scenery.
|River fishing on the Eden, Belah and Lune
The rivers Eden and Belah are near Kirkby Stephen 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 available. Day permits are available to fish lower stretches of the Lune from Tebay Anglers.
Beck Trout Fishery
Bessy Beck Trout Fishery is located at Newbiggin-on-Lune. It offers bank fishing for rainbow trout in a country setting. There are 3 lakes offering both fly and bait fishing. There is a well stocked fishing tackle shop on site and a farm shop offering an extensive range of local produce.
Riverside Golf Course, a short 9/18 hole course, is located at Ravenstonedale. The course is open all year round and visitors are welcome to play for a modest fee. Sedbergh Golf Club boasts a more extensive 9/18 hole course and also welcomes visitors. Other golf courses can be found at Appleby and Penrith.
Ravenstonedale Tennis Club have a court open to the public in Ravenstonedale.
|Cycling and Mountain Biking
There are miles and miles of gently undulating country lanes awaiting cyclists who wish to explore the region plus a wealth of more demanding routes across the Howgill Fells. Local bike hire is available.
Buzzards, curlews, woodpeckers and thrush are but just a few of the species regularly sighted nearby. Within a short walk bird-watchers can be well off the beaten track with the possibility of sighting many species and the certainty of enjoying the wonderful countryside.
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.
There is a Trekking and Trail Riding Centre nearby (Stonetrail Holidays). This centre offers a range of treks across the spectacular Howgill Fells and the bridle ways on Wild Boar Fell.
There are paragliding opportunities at Mallerstang with the base at Kirkby Stephen.
The Settle-Carlisle railway, reputedly the most attractive line in the UK, winding its way through some of the finest scenery in Britain, runs through Mallerstang. Trains can be boarded at nearby Kirkby Stephen. Tickets can be booked on the train.
The ruin of Pendragon Castle, built in the 12th century and reputed to be the place where Uther Pendragon, King Arthur's father died, is situated within Mallerstang.
|Smardale Nature Reserve
Smardale Nature Reserve is located near the village of Newbiggin-on-Lune. The reserve embraces the former railway line that linked Tebay with the North East and therefore offers easy walking if desired. The countryside within the reserve is idyllic and wildlife is prolific.
|St Oswald's Church and Gilbertine Ruins
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 monastry have been excavated.
|Classic Coach Tours
Cumbria Classic Coaches offers a programme of trips around the area on vintage coaches. The company operates a small fleet and the sight of a vintage coach on nearby roads is now a frequent occurrence.
The Lake District National Park with its wealth of mountain and lakeland scenery and associated activities is within easy driving distance.
A short drive through this unique landscape will lead to hidden villages with galleries and craft shops, local markets and pubs.
The Coast-to-Coast walk made famous by Alfred Wainwright traverses the Cumbrian fells.