News from The Butchers Arms Community Pub

Here’s some news from The Butchers Arms Community Pub in Crosby Ravensworth

The Butcher's Arms

The new chef at The Butcher’s Arms has creative flair and has prepared meals for celebrities. C.Paxton photo and copyright

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Excellent new tenant landlords Stephen and Carrie are now serving at The Butchers Arms. All food is freshly cooked and the specials board changes regularly. There is a range of dishes to suit all tastes.

There is a position of a Commis Chef available so please contact Steve or Carrie if you are interested or know of someone who may be. Call 01931-715500

The bank holiday has been very busy with sales of nearly 600 drink sales on Saturday alone and numerous meals.

The Butchers Arms AGM is Saturday the 2nd July at 5pm.

There will be a hot buffet & vegetarian option also, this will be served at 7pm.

Please book direct with Carrie 01931-715500, Email is


  • The Butchers Arms walking group, has with the light nights, started meeting for its fortnightly Wednesday night walk followed by supper in the pub. For further information or to join the mailing list please contact me at at
  • The Lyvennet Activity Group is coordinated by Joan Raine with support from other committee members. Joan has been successfully running a lunch club on the first Thursday in every Month. Anyone wishing to join the lunch club please contact Joan direct for more information on 01931-715351

Lyvennet Activity Group has run various fund raising events too, which has raised thousands of pounds for different charities. The last event in April raised £1,350 for Penrith Mountain Rescue Team.

The Charity music fest with live music and a hog roast is on Saturday the 13th August from 1pm. It is in the same field as last year, just up from the pub. It was well supported last year and raised £2,180 for 3 charities. I am trying to raise sponsorship to help cover costs. Anyone interested in helping with this should contact me directly at

Anais, a French student, will be working at the Butchers Arms for a week in June and July to help improve her English language. It will be a good experience for her.


Secretary, Lyvennet Community Pub.

Secretary of State Expands Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks

Limestone pavement on Orton Scar is to be added to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Photo and copyright C.Paxton.

Limestone pavement on Orton Scar is part of the beautiful Cumbrian countryside that will be enjoined with the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Photo and copyright C . Paxton.

The Secretary of State has decided to approve extensions to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. This follows a long and thorough investigation process launched in 2012 that included public consultations by surveys and public meetings into the desirability of the areas that were under consideration for selection by Natural England to be designated National Park status. Together the LDNP and YDNP form a huge protected area that covers much of the best countryside of the ancient British Kingdom of Brigantia.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park boundary has expanded by about 25%, adding some delightful parts of Cumbria that were formerly assigned to old Westmorland. Indeed some of the most beautiful places in YDNP are Cumbrian. These new Westmorland additions are landscapes of wild beauty in the case of the upland limestone moorland of Crosby Ravensworth Fell, Great Asby and Orton Scar. Here ravens soar over prehistoric cairn circles such as the White Hag,  and stone circles such as Gamelands and Oddendale, and funerary Cairn circle mounds like Penhurrock where bones of abnormal size were said to have been unearthed. These moors are reputedly haunted by a headless horseman on Gaythorne Plain.

I’ll be adding more pictures to this page in weeks to come that will hopefully convey some of this area’s charming qualities.

Where the newly added Dales are concerned, they are rich in old world, ‘Hobbity’ appeal – Orton with its lovely village shop and chocolate factory, Crosby Ravensworth with the winding Llyvennet river, where King Urien of Rheged supposedly best loved to unwind and The Butchers Arms Community Pub.  Maulds Meaburn with its delightful riparian village green dotted with lambs.

Though not within the National Park itself, the Market Town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, is well worth a visit too.

Not only are these additions very delightful landscapes in their own right, many also contain sites of great antiquity and other cultural treasures and have been rightly identified as having superb recreational value.

You can read the letters from the Right Honourable Elizabeth Truss MP Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs here

and view the maps here

Circles in stone part II: Gamelands Circle near Orton.

One of Cumbria’s largest stone circles and also one of the most accessible can be found just about a mile from Orton Village and is reached from a turn-off to the right on the road to Sunbiggin.

Gamelands Stone circle with the wild Howgills in the background.

Gamelands Stone circle with the wild Howgills in the background.

Though there isn’t much song and dance made of it, Gamelands is a whopper and well worth seeing. Over 100 ft in diameter and with 40 stones still remaining, most of the distinctive pink Shap granite, it is thought to be Neolithic in age, but mesolithic stone tools have been found in the area and Tom Clare’s observation that this site was associated with a nearby spring would make the site strongly appealing to the hunter-gatherers. See Megalithic Portal for more information and photos of Gamelands.

All the stones are fallen, but some are still 1 meter tall in repose.  The circle is overlooked by the Castle Folds settlement on the lovely limestone escarpment and though it is on the Coast-to-coast route this fine walking country attracts walkers for the many shorter walks too. The limestone pavement and sweeping views make walking in this area very rewarding.

Recently, local residents have gathered to express their view that the Orton Valley should remain free of wind turbines. Rory Stewart MP for Penrith and The Border, EDC Councillor and Tebay Parish Chair Adrian Todd and Orton  Parish Chair have supported the conservation efforts (Read More Here)

The Orton area has much to recommend it, whether you are interested in walking in the fine countryside or shopping for nice local produce including super cheese, poultry, pork and beef, vegetables, baked goods and Kennedys Fine Chocolates, I think you’ll agree it has a lot of charm.

The Orton Farmer’s Market is held monthly on the second Saturday.

Orton Farmers Market is popular with residents and visitors.

Orton Farmers Market is popular with residents and visitors.

Doug Scott will present on The Three Peaks: Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga 3 Dec Maulds Meaburn Village Institute

Poster for Doug Scott's Presentation on the 3 peaks

Doug Scott Presentation on the 3 peaks

Doug Scott Presents “The Three Peaks: Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga” at MMVI 3/12/12 at 7.30 pm
Doug Scott will be presenting an illustrated lecture “The Three Peaks: Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga” at Maulds Meaburn Village Institute on Monday 3rd December 2012 at 7.30 pm to raise awareness and raise funds for Community Action Nepal and Maulds Meaburn Village Institute Tickets £15 – advance booking only – from Ron & Sheila Smith […]

Rain is good for Lakeland photography

There’s no denying that the rush of a waterfall in spate makes a cracking photograph. Here’s a link to an article from Malcolm Wade, Mountain Leader on the subject!

The Benefits Of Rain

Malcolm leads professionally guided walks in Cumbria’s Lake District and surrounding Fells, is a Navigation Trainer, Fix the Fells Volunteer and loves to be out Fell walking with his dog, Barney.

Here’s his list of Lakeland guided walks in early September:

September 02 Great End and Glaramara

September 05 Scafell Pike

September 09 Fairfield Horseshoe

September 12 St Sunday Crag and Grisedale Tarn

See more on LME’s guided walk programme page on Lakeland Mountain Experience website

In October Malcolm will be offering NNAS Navigation training courses with Lakeland Mountain Experience (October 3 and 4)

Lakeland Mountain Experience Guided Walks In 2012

Malcolm Wade's Lakeland Mountain Experience can guide you on walks in the Langdale Valley, in Cumbria's Lake District

Malcolm Wade's Lakeland Mountain Experience can guide you on walks in the Langdale Valley, in Cumbria's Lake District

Whether you are a seasoned Lakeland Fellwalker or new to exploring Cumbria’s amazing mountain walking opportunities you might be interested to know that Malcolm Wade of Lakeland Mountain Experiences has published dates for his qualified guided walks and mountain navigation training courses for 2012. It looks like a fine programme of walks including many of the great and famous names in Fell walking – Scafell, the Langdales, Great Gable, Glaramara, Place Fell,  Fairfield, Martindale etc. and he also promises to lead his walking parties on paths relatively less travelled and to open up the glories of the Lakeland Fells for mountain experiences that few visitors see and that will yield life-long memories.

It is often at dawn and dusk that Lakeland landscapes look their loveliest and Malcolm’s mountain camping expeditions allow walkers to bed down and rise amongst the mountain beauty that they have come from far and wide to see.

You could probably pick Malcolm Wade out from a crowd as a mountaineer. There’s a craggy look to him coupled with the deep-seated equanimity that marks a mountain man.  If the mountains have left their mark on the man, it is certainly true to say that the man has left his mark on the mountains. Malcolm Wade’s relationship with the Mountains of Lakeland is one of give and take. Malcolm Wade is a veteran Fellsman, a qualified Mountain Leader, a Lake District National Park Voluntary Ranger, a Fix the Fells Lengthsman, and a walk leader with a major walking holiday company, he spends much of his time in Cumbria’s magnificent mountain landscapes and knows them well.  His pricing is very reasonable at £20 per person for day walks with a minimum of 4 in the party. You can book as a complete party or sign up to join with a group, the maximum number admitted being 10.  Lakeland Mountain Experience also offer bespoke days in the Fells, so you can arrange to do a special walk.

In addition to professional guiding, Malcolm  also  serves as a registered provider for the NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme), if you want to see whether mountain navigation is for you he offers introductory navigation training days at just £20 per person and if you seek qualification, the two-day Bronze and Silver training courses – see for more information.