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Only 10 miles east of the famous town of Kendal, Sedbergh sits at the foot of the Howgill Fells and offers a perfect mix of rural Cumbria with a taste of the Yorkshire Dales.


Popular with walkers, many routes bring ramblers through the town as part of their treks across the Howgills. The nearby Cautly Spout is England's highest waterfall, with local residents advising visitors that a walk to this is a must. For an easier stroll, the River Rawthey can be accessed from Sedbergh primary school by following a footpath past the bubbling weir.

Sedbergh Town Centre

Dating back to the 13th century, Sedbergh oozes historic character, with the town’s beauty matched by the stunning views which can be enjoyed by all visitors as they approach the town via pleasant country roads, complete with convenient laybys for those photo opportunities.

St. Andrew's Church, Sedbergh

Also popular with history and heritage enthusiasts, Sedbergh is home of St Andrew’s Church which dates back to Norman times, along with Castlehaw – the site of a castle built to defend the town from Scottish invaders.

Farfield Mill

A riverside walk or short drive away from Sedbergh is Farfield Mill, a four-floor former Victorian woollen mill. This working mill offers a heritage exhibition which sheds light on the textiles industry, with plenty of stunning art and craft proudly displayed. Artists have their workshops there which visitors are invited to look at and meet them whilst they work. Art exhibitions are also held in not one, but two galleries.

Meanwhile, local independent shops cater for all your needs, from outdoor gear to gifts, and from confectionary to books.

Sedbergh town centre shops

With Queens Gardens and a bowling green along Sedbergh’s hidden gems, treat yourself to a picnic from On a Roll, ask the team at The Three Hares to fill your flask with freshly ground coffee and make your way through the picturesque Dentdale to the charming and cobbled village of Dent.

Also be sure to check out the Pepper Pot, a local landmark held in high esteem.

Sedbergh book shelter

With great playgrounds for children at The People's Hall and behind Maryfell, Sedbergh – England’s only Book Town - even boasts a bus shelter full of books on the main street for people to browse at their leisure.

With plenty of places to eat and drink, highly recommended pubs include The Black Bull which also offers fantastic overnight accommodation and tasty, proudly presented locally sourced meals.

The Black Bull Inn, Sedbergh

Sedbergh’s accommodation offer doesn’t end there, with a range of options to choose from, including self catering properties such as the Middletons and Fountain Cottages.

With plenty of things to do in Sedbergh to keep you occupied, before you wave goodbye to Sedbergh at the end of your visit, be sure to visit the local markets every Wednesday to take a little piece of Sedbergh home with you. Saturday markets will also return in 2021.

Sedbergh Market

We look forward to welcoming you and to help you make the most of your time here in the Lake District, Cumbria, make sure to plan ahead and book your stay prior to visiting.




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