Sedbergh & The Yorkshire Dales

Sedbergh and The Howgills in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, CumbriaSedbergh, England’s Official Book Town (equivalent to Hay-on-Wye), is fortunate to be located in both the Cumbrian Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This delightful market town at the foot of the Howgill Fells, with cobbled alleys, secluded courtyards surrounded by lovely stone buildings and an olde world atmosphere to match, is the perfect town to host your break in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District. Sedbergh is the largest settlement within the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is home to an 11th century Motte & Bailey castle (Castlehaw) and is mentioned in the Domesday book. Sedbergh School also contributes considerably to the history of Sedbergh.

Nestled at the base of the magnificent Howgill Fells (referred to by Wainright as looking like a herd sleeping elephants), Sedbergh offers fantastic Yorkshire Dales and Lake District scenery and a multitude of country walks and other attractions to enjoy during your break. Closest lakes are Lily Mere and Killington.

Sedbergh offers a great selection of shops, eateries, pubs and general town facilities. These include The Sedbergh Café award winning Tea Rooms, award winning independent butchers, independent grocers, Spar, pubs and eateries. Sedbergh hosts a town market every Wednesday and a farmers market on the last Wednesday of each month, plus other larger annual events such as the August Charter Market, Music Festival, Folk Festival and Festival of Books and Drama.

This Yorkshire Dales and South Lake District location is a perfect base for visiting the village of Dent for the Settle to Carlisle railway, Cautley Spout (the highest waterfall in England), Ingleton if you enjoy the thrill of caving and Killington for Lake Killington if you enjoy your water sports. There are also local facilities for horse riding, cycling and golf.

Find out what’s on in Sedbergh and the Yorkshire Dales this year by visiting the official Sedbergh web site events page.

Read a little more about Sedbergh and the area in this Guardian article and this Westmoreland Gazette article.