The Fat Lamb and The Kings Arms

Eden Charity Cycle Ride

Raising Money for the MS Society

on Sunday 12th June 2016

The Fat Lamb and The Kings Arms Hotels have been putting in every effort to be as cycle-friendly as possible and to encourage our guests to go out and enjoy the fantastic cycling that Eden has to offer. To celebrate our cycle friendly efforts and the lovely quiet rural roads which offer such a fantastic way to explore our surroundings we are teaming up with Cycling UK to put on our first ever 'Bike Week' charity cycling event. Bike Week is an annual opportunity for people all over the UK to get together and enjoy cycling. To find out more about Bike Week, click here.

Eden Valley Charity Cycle Ride Sunday 12th June 2016

As the purpose of this event is to encourage everyone to cycle we have devised three different routes for the day; a 12 mile, 24 mile and 47 mile route. This means that each individual can choose which route they would like to do and enjoy it at their own pace. The event is not for profit and any money raised will be donated to the MS Society as this is a charity very close to our hearts. The £10 entry fee includes a £5 donation to the MS society, in addition to this there is a sponsorship form to download for participants who wish to raise further money. For more information on the event itself, please see 'event details' below. 

The Charity: The MS Society

The MS Society is a cause close to the hearts of the staff at the Fat Lamb and the Kings Arms. The MS Society provides practical and emotional support to people suffering with MS and those around them. In our experience, the MS Society also brings people together enabling you to share your struggles and triumphs with others who share similar experiences. We hope that in some small way our Charity Cycle ride will also encourage people to work together and support each other while tackling some gruelling Eden Valley hills!

MS Society Fundraising LogoMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too.

The MS society ensures that no one has to face MS alone. They provide information, publications and online blogs as well as organising nationwide MS support groups. For more information on the MS Society please click here.

Event Details: Everything you need to know


This event is open to everybody and there are three different route lengths to choose from to suit individual preferences. The Eden Charity Cycle is not a race so you are encouraged to enjoy your chosen route (12 miles, 24 miles or 47 miles) at the pace you feel most comfortable with. Each participant must complete an entry form and select their preferred route (sign up details below). Please note that these routes are intended for adults to ride and they are not suitable for children as there are small sections of the route which use busy roads. If you are interested in bringing an older child (14 years +) then we do ask that any child is accompanied by a responsible adult.


There are three different routes to choose from on the day, they are all circular routes so you can leave your car at the start of the cycle ride and return to the same place at the finish. The details for each route are availalble here:

The Short Route - 12 Miles / 20km Route - Web Link - GPX - KML

Eden Charity Cycle Ride - Short Route

The short route starts and finishes at The Kings Arms Hotel in Temple Sowerby. This route starts going uphill through Whinfell Forest (look out for red squirrels!), then through Cliburn, Morland and Kings Meaburn before returning to Temple Sowerby over Ousensand Bridge with lovely views of the river Eden.

Eden Valley Cycle - Short Route

The Medium Route - 24 Miles / 39km Route - Web Link - GPX - KML

Eden Charity Cycle Ride - Medium Route

The medium route starts and finishes at The Fat Lamb Hotel in Ravenstonedale. This route starts with a downhill ride towards Outhgill and follows lovely scenery into the market town of Kirkby Stephen. From Kirkby Stephen the route goes uphill to Smardale, where you can glimpse the spectacular Smardale Viaduct as you fly by on your bicycle! After Smardale, there is a lovely ford to cross (a welcome cool down splash) and onward through the small village of Crosby Garret. From Crosby Garrett the route becomes more open and journeys past Little Asby and then downhill towards Brownber and Tranna Hill, before heading through Newbiggin-on-Lune and back to The Fat Lamb for a very well earned pint!

Eden Valley Cycle Ride - Medium Route

The Long Route - 47 Miles / 77km Route - Web Link - GPX - KML

Eden Charity Cycle Ride - Long Route

The Long Route starts and finishes at The Fat Lamb Hotel in Ravenstonedale. The route sets off with a short stretch of the A683, followed by crossing the A685 to get onto the country lane leading to Smardale. After passing the magnificent Smardale Viaduct, cyclists will get their feet wet splashing through a ford and then whiz through Crosby Garrett. From here, we have a quick stop at Whygill Head (Checkpoint 1) before heading to the market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. Cyclists then head through Colby and Bolton before arriving in Temple Sowerby, where The Kings Arms is perfectly positioned at the half-way point of the cycle and is the ideal stop for some lunch.

After re-fuelling at The Kings Arms the cycle goes through Whinfell forest (where cyclists may spot the occassional red squirrel amongst other fantastic wildlife). After Whinfell, cyclists continue on through Cliburn and Morland before reaching check point number 3 at Kings Meaburn. Once fully refreshed, the route continues through Drybeck and Great Asby before the next checkpoint at Whygill Head (Checkpoint No. 4). From here the route goes uphill past Little Asby and then downhill to Brownber and Tranna Hill, before finally whizzing through Newbiggin-on-Lune and returning to The Fat Lamb Hotel for a well earned pint!

Eden Valley Cycle Route - Long Route

Take a look at a few sneak peek photos of our long route on Facebook by clicking here!


The short routes starts from The Kings Arms at 11am and the longer routes both start at The Fat Lamb at 10am. You need to arrive before your route starts in order to register and indulge in the breakfast included in the entry fee. Full details will be sent once you have signed up.

Forms and Fundraising

All participants must complete an entry form before Sunday 5th June 2016. All forms should either be sent via e-mail to or via post to "FAO Laura, The Fat Lamb Hotel, Crossbank, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, CA17 4LL"

Entry Form available as Word Document here or PDF here.

Sponsorship Form available here.

The entry fee is £10 regardless of which route you choose. £5 of this is a donation to the MS Society and £5 is for our costs incurred in running this event. If there are enough participants that the £5 to cover running costs exceeds our costs in putting on the event then we will make a further donation of the profit. To secure your place, please donate £5 via our Just Giving page (linked below) and leave a comment with your full name and chosen cycle route - we should then be able to match this to your completed entry form. The running costs are then payable in cash at registration on Sunday 12th June 2016.

Please see our fundraising page to see how much money we have raised so far!


Public transport is very limited in both Ravenstonedale and Temple Sowerby on Sundays. We would recommend the train if you are relying on public transport - especially as the trains are bicycle friendly.

For more information on train times please see the Settle-Carlisle railway website.

Hotel Rates

As this is a charity cycle event both hotels are offering reduced rates on Sunday 12th June to anyone who participates in the cycling!

The Fat Lamb - Special offer rate of £80 B&B - to book call 015396 23242

The Kings Arms - Special offer rate of £60 B&B - to book call 017683 62944

What to bring with you

We recommend that you bring the following with you on the day so that you can enjoy the day no matter what the weather brings!

Strong bicycle lights to ensure visibility (and light to see by if you are on the 47 mile route), High visibility clothing, Helmet, Cycling Gloves, Map, Water, Snacks (there are refreshments available but emergency rations are always a good idea), waterproofs, sunglasses (or any cycling glasses), suncream, sponsorship forms and any donations collected.

Bicycle Maintenance Gear (Bike pump, alan keys, spare inner tubes etc.) This is all included if you are hiring a bike from Inspiring Cycling on the day. Inspiring Cycling are also providing support on the day, so all participants will be provided with their contact details to get in touch if anything does go wrong with your bicycle.

Hire a Bike: Inspiring Cycling

The Fat Lamb and The Kings Arms are working closely with Inspiring Cycling located in Kings Meaburn. Inspiring Cycling are offering their services to guests of both hotels who wish to hire bikes and will deliver the bikes to either hotel so that guests can arrive and go!

Inspiring Cycling Logo

For the Eden charity bike ride on Sunday 12th June 2016 Inspiring Cycling are offering special rates as it is a charity event. The special hire rates are:

Hybrid Bicycle - £12

Electric Bicycle - £20 

These rates include delivey of the bike to the start line of your chosen route as well as collection from the finish. In addition, Inspiring Cycling will be on hand to offer support on the day. For example, if participants should suffer a puncture or other mechanical bike problem, their contact details will be provided in the welcome pack on the day.

Special offers   

classic car break

Last minute break

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Guest Comments

A selection of recent comments from our lovely customers

Tuesday 17th September 2019

On behalf of Chevettes n Kadetts, I would like to thank you and your staff for make the weekend a great success. (The weather my have also played a part).

Thanks again for your help

Regards Pete

Wednesday 26th December 2018

Thank you so much for a lovely lunch yesterday, Mum and Dad and me had a smashing time. The food was perfect and you have such a welcoming atmosphere.

Andrew Allan

Monday 15th October 2018

A big thank you to everyone for the hospitality and the outstanding food You are all wonderful X

Graham and Irene on Colonsay


Sunday 14th October 2018

Just to let you know that the four of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you this week. Without exception, the staff were excellent, friendly and helpful with any enquiries. The rooms were comfortable and warm with good views. The meal choices were good, well cooked, and served piping hot. We did the 7 mile walk from the hotel – very easy to follow and a nice walk to boot.

Aidan Molyneux

Thursday 20th September 2018

I thought I should mail you to say what a splendid time we had again. Everyone in the group loved what you provided by way of accommodation, atmosphere and service and thought the Fat Lamb a wonderful hostelry, ideally located and suited to our requirements. Thank you again for welcoming us and making the whole experience a pleasure.

Keith Sewell 


Monday 16th July 2018

Many thanks to you and all of your staff for an outstanding weekend. Everyone was impressed at the quality of the runs you arranged and the wonderful roads for driving on.

…The welcome and hospitality were excellent. People commented on the atmosphere of the Fat Lamb and the warmth of you and your staff.

…A great weekend. Requests to repeat already received.

Roger Goulden, Harrogate MG Owners Club


Monday 11th June 2018 

We would just like to say thank you for giving us a wonderful time at the Fat Lamb, we will definitely be coming back sometime in the future. Once again thank you very much and keep up the good work, everything was brilliant.
Lawrence & Sharon Henderson

Wednesday 29th November 2017

We had a lovely overnight in a lovely big room, stunning views from the window, evening meal was very nice Plenty of fluffy towels, everything very clean, we'd stay again and have recommended it to our friends.

Dot Carr

Friday 24th November 2017

We stayed at the Fat Lamb for 2 nights. It was a delight to be there. All the staff were friendly & welcoming. We dined in both the regular pub side for 1 evening meal very chilled and relaxing, then had a stunning meal in the restaurant. The bedroom was presented lovely and everything catered for. Will definitely stay there again.

Diane & Steven Kelly


18th September 2017

On behalf of the Lune and Wyre MG Motor Club a big thankyou to all who made sure our visit to the Fat Lamb yesterday was memorable one.  The service and food was excellent. Thankyou again and no doubt will visit again on some future MG run.

Roger Denton


6th September 2017

Another most enjoyable stay at the Fat Lamb. As a wheelchair dependent person it is good to be able to stay at a venue that has the necessary facilities and access. The food was, as ever, first class and with staff always willing to assist if they can one is always well looked after. The location between Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh is an ideal location close to the Howgills and within easy range of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales ensure plenty of natural countryside and geographical features along with plenty of places of interest as well. Here's to our next visit but meanwhile the memories live on.

Ros & David Loftus


13th July 2017

Just to say thank you for a really good lunch and a warm welcome. The food was great and the staff did a marvellous job looking after us all.
We look forward to doing a re-run at some point in the future.
Gordon, Win and Lune and Wyre MG Club.

8th July 2017

As Guest Club members, we take advantage of the special offers, which are exceptionally good value. We had a lovely two night break in The Fat Lamb at the end of June and as always everything was faultless. Our room was clean and comfortable with a beautiful view over the hills. Really good shower in the bathroom! The food is always delicious, with plenty of choice on the menu. I wouldn`t hesitate to recommend this great Inn and it`s lovely staff.

Jo kendall


7th July 2017

Booked this last minute for one night. We've stayed before, but not for a long while. It was just as good as we remembered. Food was good, room comfortable and clean and staff helpful. We'll not leave it as long to return next time!

Paul Brown


24th June 2017

Had a very enjoyable 2 night stay. great sized room [12] nicely furnished with easy access to the large outside garden, sitting area and nature reserve. food was of a good standard with varied menu and staff were very helpful in adjusting it to suit our needs. very dog friendly which made it relaxing for us and the dog. great value all round. 

Anne and Robert


22nd June 2017

Just to say we had a great time and was made to feel very welcome. The scenery and the weather was great and your country pub was very homely. Many thanks for your hospitality & hopefully we'll see you all again,
Bob & Sue Jones


29th March 2017

My wife Anne and I have stayed at the Fat Lamb on a number of occasions over the last few years and have enjoyed every visit. The surroundings are stunning and oh so quiet. A fantastic location to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The staff are so friendly, the rooms comfortable and the food delicious !! We will be back. Thanks again to all at the Fat Lamb.


11th February 2017

Another wonderful stay at the Fat Lamb. Peace and quiet in a lovely cosy environment with very friendly staff. And delicious food especially the porridge.

We will be returning

Gary & Alison Sherwin

2nd November 2016

My wife and I enjoyed our stay in October 2016. The bar food was very good and we sat close to the open fire - a nice treat on an autumnal evening. The porridge for breakfast was one of the best I have tried - even in Scotland. Our room overlooking the car park was comfortable but there was a draught from the hopper window when closed. We arrived in our classic sports car and the 10% discount on our bill was a welcome surprise. We will visit again. 

- Jim. (the Elan man).

15th June 2016

We booked last minute to visit the Fat Lamb with our two children. We all absolutely loved it. The room was cosy. The food for the evening meal was enjoyed by all of us and the service was great. Breakfast was also really nice. Our boys particularly liked having adventures in the garden and nature reserve. Such a great location for families. We will visit again.

- Amy C.


11th June 2016

We needed somewhere to break a journey and The Fat Lamb was ideally situated, not least because of its proximity to the M6 (around 15 miles from Tebay). Booking was easy and we were contacted to confirm the details of the booking, which included £20 each for dinner and were advised that it would be the weekend of the Appleby Fair. We were welcomed on arrival, invited to book for dinner as it was likely to be busy and shown our room which was comfortable. We were pleasantly surprised to find the inn had a small wildlife area and spent an enjoyable hour exploring it and observing geese and swans with their young. Despite having been advised that the dinner menu would be restricted because of the Fair, there was a good choice of à la carte and other meals, using mainly locally-sourced ingredients. The meal (taken in the bar) was promptly served and delicious, while the bar area had seating to allow us to sit and read after eating. Breakfast the next morning was well organised, with tables allocated by room number and the service efficient. We intend to stay again, but will bring boots for the wildlife area!

- Jeremy


31st May 2016

The fat lamb recently catered for our group of 30+ family members on the bank holiday weekend with ease, the food was delicious and the staff and service were top class. Lovely scenic location with plenty of parking, I would highly recommend this as a venue.

John & Deb Barkley


22nd May 2016

Have just taken a party from my local U3A walk group for a three night break. It was universally agreed that the Fat Lamb was an excellent venue for our peregrinations. The setting is superb - even the rain takes on a different dimension - the walking potential endless and it is very, very hard to find anything to fault with the ambience and service within the pub. We will be looking to return, I am sure.

Walker - U3A Walking Group

22nd May 2016

Called in here again for lunch, on the way back from Cumbria. Very good steak pie and good value for money. Served in good time by friendly competent staff. Very good beers, and coffee after lunch. Couldn't fault either the welcome or the meal - both excellent. The views from this pub are amazing, and they have their own Nature Reserve.