The nearby Howgill fells offer excellent opportunities for walking. The Howgills are less crowded than the central Lake District fells and gradients are not usually as steep. The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks offer walking amid spectacular scenery.
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.
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.
Wild brown trout fishing is avaiable on the rivers Eden and Belah. Permits are available locally from Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association.
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.
Horse riding just a stones throw away up the valley.
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 Kirkby Stephen or at Garsdale Head. Tickets can be purchased 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 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 nearest market town to Sandbed Cottage is Kirkby Stephen, about 7 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 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 Lake District
The Lake District National Park with its wealth of mountain and lakeland scenery and associated activities is within easy driving distance.
The Yorkshire Dales
Sandbed Cottage lies within the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A short drive from the cottage offers a unique landscape with hidden villages with galleries and craft shops, local markets and pubs.
The Coast-to-Coast walk made famous by Alfred Wainwright traverses the nearby Cumbrian fells.