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Accommodation Details Sportsman Inn(dw)
Cowgill CumbriaLA10 5RG
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Comments by walkers who stayed at Sportsman Inn(dw) in Cowgill on The Dales Way
A nice old inn. We stayed here in Sep 2016. We had a comfortable room with a large private bathroom for our sole use next door. There was no shower and the bath took ages to fill.

As noted in other reviews the pub does not open to serve drinks until 7 PM. This was not a big worry for us as we had a long walk over from Buckden and needed time to clean up.

The owner was a little stand-offish at first but he warmed up during the evening and served us a good homemade supper that was reasonably priced. Breakfast was very good but was only served from 8.30 AM which is rather late for walking the Dales Way.

To get here we had taken the alternative high level route from Cam Houses via Newby Head, Wold Fell & Arten Gill using the Pennine Bridleway. (Note: if you staying here it is best to descend into Dentdale via Arten Gill because if you continue on via Great Knoutberry hill you will have to backtrack a few km).
Mike & Yvonne from Canada, left on 11 October 2016
We had lovely room and private bathroom. I normally take a shower but after several days walking a hot bath, in a recently refurbished bathroom, was a delight.

There is a separate lounge for guests if you want to read a book.
Elizabeth T, left on 22 July 2016
We stayed for one night June 25, 2016 while walking the Dales Way. Our bedroom was a comfortable size, with a private bathroom next door, and a Guests' Sitting Room along the landing, well stocked with books.

We had a wonderful supper and our hosts were very friendly and welcoming. A great place to stop for the night!
Brad & Jacky LaSalle - Canada, left on 09 July 2016
We stayed for one night while walking the Dales Way. Our bedroom was a comfortable size, with a private bathroom next door, and a Guests' Sitting Room along the landing, well stocked with books. A table was reserved for us for supper, and the food and beer were both excellent. Our hosts were very friendly and welcoming, and a substantial breakfast saw us happily on our way the next morning.
AF, left on 03 July 2015
Stayed for 1 night on the dales way didn't use sherpa as out of season.This is a great stopover after walking from Hubberholme. Arrive after 4 pm and you can access the bedrooms.Which was lovely, clean and a full bath.
Tea, coffee making facilities in the wardrobe.also a lounge area on the first floor with books and games.
The bar opens at 7pm and we had a lovely meal and good selection of beers.
Breakfast is at 8.30am and had to be the best on the dalesway.
Packed lunches can be provided at extra cost.
Excellent value stopover.
s Ainsworth, left on 07 April 2014
Lovely friendly pub. Comfortable room and lovely big bathroom with bath, and muscle relaxing bath gel for tired legs after Dalesway walk. Great steak and ale pie with local ingredients for dinner at reserved table near fire. Nice atmosphere with a few locals, walkers, tourists. Our bedroom overlooked Carlisle/Settle raill line high on fell and we could see the viaduct. River Dee across road and great spotted woodpecker in tree.
Christine Dodsworth, left on 17 June 2013
We stayed here on 16th May 2013. What a lovely place, the hosts were very friendly and welcoming, and the food was delicious. Would recommend this accommodation.
John and Julie, left on 24 May 2013
Friendly welcome during which it was explained that the pub didn't open for drinks and food until 7pm - fair enough as we had time for a relaxing bath beforehand. The beer was from Cross Bay Brewery (Morecambe Bay) and was kept well and worth waiting a bit for. Evening meal, breakfast and packed lunch were all good. A proper pub.
Rod Pudney, left on 30 September 2012
Despite some of the comments about ths pub, we had a good stay there. New private bathrooms have been put in and the rooms have been refurbished. The food was good pub fayre and we were well looked after.
Frank & Judy Masterman, left on 14 September 2012
The accommodation is pretty basic but clean with good en suite showers. Somehow they got our boots dry. Food was quite good pub fare, and the landlord is a showman.
E. Goldsmith, left on 07 July 2012
Unwelcoming landlord, arrived on a Monday and was told that we had to wait until 7pm for any drinks or food.
The landlord was more bothered with his laptop than his guests.
Food is basic pub grub..
Rooms although not ensuite where clean and tidy.
anon, left on 26 June 2012
Stayed here on the 18 May 2012.
Good accommodation, excellent beer and food.
Spent a great night in the bar on a busy Friday night with other DalesWay walkers(tables by the fire reserved) . Would certainly stay here again.
Ian and John, left on 08 June 2012
A welcome sight after a day of unrelenting rain. A warm room, a hot bath, our wet clothes set out before the fire in the bar before opening time and a check of the footy results on Easter Monday provided. Great service! The pub was quiet - not surprising given the weather but reserved tables for us and the other Dales Way party staying at the pub. Good helpings of food and excellent beer and chat.
Yet another super breakfast next morning - I managed to put weight on doing this walk!
John & Anne Mumford, left on 29 April 2012
There is little choice for places to stay around here but actually you don't need any other choice - the Sportsman is a very good B&B. Most welcoming, very pleasant front aspect room with basin and newly fitted bathroom just across the corridor. The decor is tasteful and clean and bright. A small sitting room is also provided. The bar is a great place to sit with a pint and the food was also very good pub grub. Breakfast did not disappoint in the morning, either.Highly recommended.
Ju and Ian, left on 08 November 2011
A classic Yorkshire country pub. Loads of personality and quirky humor. Good beer and locally sourced foods. Enjoyed the sweet potato topped shepherd
Sally Johnson, left on 12 September 2011
The only place to stay in Cowgill unless you're camping. A lovely room with great views and very comfy beds. Plenty of radiators to dry washing on. Our ajoining bathroom didn't have a shower but a lovely long bath made up for it. Basic toiletries. A pay phone meant we could reassure family that we were still alive after almost 3 days with no signal for mobile! Hobbled down to the bar to have a meal (tables reserved for residents). Another wonderful breakfast before our 10 miler into Sedbergh
Helen and Leanne, left on 25 August 2011
Not sure where the warm welcome came from, we seemed to be interrupting the landlord cleaning his bike. The rooms were clean but very basic, the food was expensive and poor, but served by a charming waitress. No fruit for breakfast as advertised. You would only stay here as there is no where else.

July 2011
anon, left on 30 July 2011
A wonderful place to stay. We were warmly welcomed and our wet clothes and boots whisked away to dry. The new private bathrooms, although not en-suite are excellent.
The food was good and we would certainly recommend the Sportsman Inn to other walkers.
Jenny and Ian Park, left on 29 July 2011
Comfortable pub with friendly atmosphere. Everyone arrived with soaking wet boots and Sharon and Ron put them all round the fire to dry out overnight for us.

Rooms not ensuite but we had our own bathroom. Beautiful view of sheep on the hillside from our window.

Excellent beer and planty of choice on the menu - can recommend wild rice and honey nut roast. The breakfast was good too.
B & D, West Yorks, July 2011, left on 24 July 2011
We arrived at the Sportmans's after a hard and wet walk from Hubberholme.

The Inn was our ideal of a B&B- good accommodation, great bath, freshly prepared evening meals and well-kept beer

Suitably rested and breafasted we set off the next day at a brisk pace!

A real gem.
Geoff Williams, left on 17 July 2011
A welcome site after a long day in the Dales, 1st class accommodation, food and hospitality.
Mick & Janet Holmes, left on 05 July 2011
Arrived after a long day and not overly welcomed by landlady. But room was lovely and clean and bathroom new. However, only baths here (but lots of bubble bath left for soak). Hosts more friendly in evening, good meal in bar. Breakfast OK, but nothing special. Landlord very entertaining and cheered us on our way
VJ, left on 26 June 2011
Stayed here June 2011. Traditional inn and felt a very appropriate place to stay having walked on the drovers road across the high moor. Although wet it was still my favourite section of the entire path!
A warm welcome and pleasant rooms which each have their own newly fitted out bathroom. Excellent evening meal - recommend the honey nut roast with wild rice.
One couple do all the work here so try not to arrive much before 4pm as they do deserve a bit of a break during the day.
Anne and Martyn, left on 14 June 2011
We took a leisurely walk from Nethergill to Cowgill - stopped an hour for lunch at Gearstones (we had read all the comments about arriving early) but we still managed to arrive before 4 p.m.

As it was a lovely afternoon we were quite happy to wait outside, but our friendly hostess immediately showed us to our room.

Enjoyable Bar meal in the evening and an excellent breakfast to send us on our way to Sedbergh.

Landlord had a dry sense of humour and was quite talkative when asked about his photographs.

Would recommend.

Margaret, left on 04 June 2011
It was raining when we arrived at 2.50pm & after hearing about the 4.00pm entry we chanced our arm & asked for coffee in the bar which was still open. We were then shortly shown up to our rooms, small but neat & tidy. Evening meal & breakfasts were good. Both our hosts were very friendly.
Wendy Pickler, left on 12 October 2010
Lovely welcome, nice pub with good beer and food.
Room was a little on the small side but nice bathroom with bath to soak in after walking.
A & J, left on 07 October 2010
This was a very welcome stop after a long day's walk, we were made very welcome and shown up to a very clean and comfortable room with bathroom adjoining (not en-suit but very good.) A guest lounge was available upstairs with lots of useful reading material.
After cleaning up and resting spent a very pleasant night in the bar with good beer and superb food from a very good choice of menu. We were made very welcome by the Landlord and his family and by the locals in the bar which made for a very pleasant and relaxing evening.
Great breakfast to start the following days walk.
Just stay here.
Mike Holt & Ray Butler, left on 26 September 2010
Stayed here in July. Arrived after a long wet trek and received a warm welcome. Our bedroom seemed a little dated but as others have noted it has really good new bathrooms. Food in the bar in the evening was good, but breakfast a little disappointing.
Mark, left on 08 August 2010
Lovely big bathrooms were a surprise when we finally landed here after a very long hot day coming over Cam Houses. We were the only 3 people booked in so we got a bathroom each!!
The rooms are clean, beds comfy and the food in the bar at night was just what we needed.
Friendly hosts, in a traditional pub. Just remember, no TV or mobile phone signal but the pay phone does take incoming calls :)
Jane, left on 20 July 2010
Brand new bathrooms were a nice surprise- not quite en-suite but near enough! Pleasant bar atmosphere but don't forget the 4p.m. rule which isn't actually a problem.
Anne and Graham, left on 10 July 2010
A friendly, family run inn. Although the facilities were shared there was plenty to go round and the new bathrooms are lovely. Great food and good beer!
AM, left on 05 June 2010
A nice traditional pub with a comfortable room. No en suite but plenty of spotless bathrooms just across the hall. No TVs, mobile phone signals, or any other modern day distractions. Take your book to read, and enjoy the conversation in the bar when it opens.
John and Susan, left on 05 May 2010
22/3/10...Arrive before 4.00pm and you get a slap.........but you are shown to your room and of course you can get showered etc. The bar doesnt open till 7.00pm and no matter how much you have a go, Sandra still wont open it...........but no worries...time for a nap!!!
The food is all good local produce and they are rightly proud of knowing its origin. Excellent beer and hostess.
Ian Robinson & Geoff Davis, left on 31 March 2010
Well looked after here - with good food, and great accom. Recommended!!
Jackie, Pete & Stuart Oates, left on 16 August 2009
We had a very pleasant stay here on the Dales Way. Our hosts most welcoming, lovely hot bath and a good supper in the bar.
Sally Wale and Rosie Smith, left on 23 June 2009
Previous comments are fair. Location is a mile short of Cowgill and facilities are a bit dated. Sharing caused us no difficulties but it was October and quietish until that is the local darts and dominoes match. The expressions on the faces of the local gentlemen when the visiting team proved to be all ladies!!!! AND the ladies won the dominoes to local shame and scandal.
Ron and Sandra are very welcoming and helpful and food is adequate.
Watch the no arrival before 4pm rule.
Les & Cathy Tench, left on 15 October 2008
Four of us walked the Dalesway walk in May 2008.
The rooms were not ensuite but as there was no one else staying there but us four we had one bathroom per couple.
Accommodation was dated and needed money spending on it.We ate in the pub as there was no where else,Food average.
Would not reccommend.
Terry Duckworth, left on 07 August 2008
Friendly and clean B&B, would definitely stay again. Good food. Stayed early May 08. Note that the 'town' of Cowgill is about 4 sq miles. so that the Sportsmans is nearly a mile south of the 'Cowgill' on the Dales Way map.
CR, left on 04 June 2008
ron and sandra made us very welcome on arrival
and even got a pint although just after 2 pm.
great rooms and no problem sharing facilties with
other guests. superb evening meal and breakfast.
good beers and made to feel very welcome,
thanks sandra and ron.

jean,colin,eileen and paul left 16 may 2008.
jean,colin,eileen and paul, left on 22 May 2008
A nice pub with very friendly owners. Basic, but fine rooms with use of a lounge. Good food at the pub and excellent beer.
Josef & Clare, left on 07 April 2008
Don't rely on this B + B being there when you arrive after a long walk from Buckden. I thought I had booked a room on the phone but we turned up to find nobody home and the neighbours informed us they had gone out for the evening. It was February and I can understand that we might have been the only guest but i was astonished - they hadn't even left a note! The four mile walk into Dent was not what we needed but I would seriously consider walking this extra distance in future to ensure a room.
Naomi, left on 18 February 2008
A very welcoming reception considering we were soaked to the skin! The landlady helped us dry off all our kit by spreading it out on various radiators throughout the pub!! Accomodation was very comfortable (lovely big bath!) and food was good - perfect after a harrowing walk from Cam Houses in the mist and rain.
Charlotte, left on 01 August 2007
Taciturn and rather dour landlord but very chatty and welcoming other half(?). Room fine, comfy lounge and good food. Breakfast was excellent.
Lovely setting. Do not be fooled by the road sign for Cowgill - the pub is a good mile further on, rather punishing after Cam Fell!
Chris Spicer, left on 11 June 2007
Basic accommodation, good food, good beer, excellent breakfast, 3 star prices.
Peter, left on 27 May 2007
Good pub landlord likes to moan and has a yorkshire sense of humour. Food good treacle sponge huge and very tasty. Room small but clean with a view over the river.
Dave and Linda May2007, left on 25 May 2007
Mine host is v. much a yorkshire landlord with a yorkshire sense of humour and i can understand why some may find him a bit brusque. The food was good, our bedroom was a little small but there is the lounge which we found useful. Generally a nice atmosphere.
Della Russell, left on 15 May 2007
Our party of 6 stayed on 19 Sept 2006. Sandra and Ron were very hospitable and we had a really great night. We arrived about 2.30 (didn't take as long as we expected from Camm Farm) and no problem getting in to our rooms. Beer and food both excellent
Mel Butler, left on 13 October 2006
The rooms were a little basic, but very clean and comfortable. The staff were very friendly and the beer and food in the pub was excellent.

don't arrive too early though as you may not be able to get in and there is not much else around.
Liz and Wendy, left on 19 August 2006
April 2006 Clean tidy comfortable room. Shared bathroom and toilet no problem. Evening meal very tasty and so was the breakfast. Again just what was needed
Gordon Tasker, left on 23 June 2006
Facilities all getting a bit tired and worn out. But food and beer good.

Left on 15th May 2006
Ken Hobbs, left on 22 May 2006
Recommended for walkers!
Good accomodation and a BATH with loads of hot water!
Not en suite but dont let this put you off, there is a residents lounge if you need it.
Good beer & food
Steve & Liz, left on 04 October 2005
Comfortable rooms, decent beer and food. BUT the landlord was very rude and grumpy - the 'welcome' consisted of total silence and he didn't even show us to our rooms - and while our dog was allowed in the bedroom he was not permitted in the bar (which rather defeats the object!). Landlord claims this is due to local Trading Standards rules but we encountered the issue nowhere else.
Chris & Annie Clipson, left on 19 September 2005
Although the rooms in this listed building are very small and not ensuite, we enjoyed our stay in this traditional Inn. The comfortable bathroom offered an array of bath salts and creams for weary walkers to soak in after a strenuous day's walking. There was also a comfortable resident's sitting room. The establishment accepted our little Welsh sheepdog with no problem.

Lunchpacks were not available, but the lady recommended a splendid cafe in Dent village
(the Meadowside) which welcomed dogs.

Mary and Capell Aris, June 2005
Mary and Capell Aris, left on 17 June 2005
Don't get there early, the bar may be closed. Beds OK, interesting bathroom, real fires, good beer and food. Entertaining landlord.
, left on 19 September 2003


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