Howgills Accommodation is dog friendly…
With miles of open walks on the doorstep, it would be a shame to leave the dog at home! Both Howgills Barn and Howgills Apartments offer dog friendly accommodation. Why not bring your companion along and explore the stunning country side that is on offer both in Sedbergh and the surrounding areas.
Maps and other walking guides can be purchased from both the Tourist Information Centre or The Sleepy Elephant, both of which are along the main high street. Please check the weather report before you head out, as the weather can be changeable!
Here are a few suggestions of some dog walks, that my pooches seem to particularly enjoy. Dogs can be let off leads on some sections of all of the below, but please be aware that farmers do move their herds around, so it’s highly likely that you’ll come across sheep at some point!
- Bottom of the Fell wall
Exit the apartments and as you are looking at the street (face on) turn left, down Bainbridge Road. As you get to the end of Bainbridge Road, turn right on to Howgill Lane. Go past the play park (a great stop off for the kids). Continue past the park and up the hill. As you reach the top of the hill you will see a path leading to the right which is marked as a public footpath. Go up this path and through the gates through the farm yard. This will take you to the bottom of the Fell, Winder. You can turn right which is a beautiful walk along the fell wall and will lead you back in to the middle of Sedbergh (where I then like a well deserved coffee and cake – lots of cafes along the main high street). This will take about 30 minutes. To reach this walk from the Barn, exit the Barn and turn left and go through the gate in the wall.
- Or an alternative route, once, you have gone through the farm yard – you can turn left and do a fell hike up Winder (bit more challenging and about 45 – 60 minutes, steepish climb). On your way back down you can call in at the ice cream farm which sells home made ice cream made from the cows on the farm. Click here for more information To walk up Winder from our Barn; turn right as you exit the Barn. Just before you go across the narrow bridge over the river, there is a small path with a gate on your right. This will lead you up to Winder.
- River walk
Go along the main high street and as you get to the end of the high street turn left at the junction (past Westwood books). Continue down this road for 10 minutes and you will see Settlebeck school on the right. Cross over the road and turn right (past Settlebeck School). As you continue on this road (for a few minutes) you will see a large parking lay-by on your right. There is a gate with a public footpath sign and you can walk a lovely loop around the river. There are picnic tables along the river and lots of wildlife to spot!
- The Calf – An expedition!
For those fancying a longer, more challenging walk (approx. 10 miles) OS grid reference SD659921 Lat 54.32333 // Long -2.525779
The Calf, at 676m (2218ft), is the highest top in the Howgill Fells. The Calf, at 676m (2218ft), is the highest top in the Howgill Fells.
It can be climbed from Sedbergh to the south, by way of Cautley Spout from the east, or up the long valley of Langdale from the north.
The Sedbergh ascent is the most popular, and there are relatively good paths all the way.
Go along Main Street until you see Joss Lane car park. Turn up passed the car park. Continue up Joss Lane and follow it as it turns right by the outdoor clothing suppliers (Farfield clothing). Go through the farm gate and take the farm track as it bears left, avoiding the farm. Follow the track through another gate and up the path near the wooded Settlebeck Gill till the open fell is reached via another gate. The main path (to The Calf) heads along the left bank of the gill.
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring—it was peace”.
Dog friendly cafes
The Three Hares is a charming cafe/bistro, along the main high street, where you can dine with the dog. Home made breads, cakes and locally sourced dishes are served daily (closed on Monday). For reservations call 015396 21058
Smatt’s Duo is along the main high street too and offers coffee, breakfast and homemade meals, food served all day (closed on Tuesdays). With seasonal Thai nights. Free wifi. For reservations call 015396 20552.
Mad Hatters Tea Room is upstairs in the beautiful home interiors shop, No 6 Finkle Street. You can enjoy a delicious Mad Hatters Tea party, whilst watching the world go by. Sandwiches, soup, or homemade cakes and scones will fit the bill perfectly. Freshly ground coffee and a wonderful selection of Farrer’s teas too. For reservations call 015396 20298.
Farfield Mill is a converted textile Mill and now showcases wonderful arts and textile exhibitions. Farfield Mill is situated on the A684 Garsdale/Hawes Road just one mile east of Sedbergh where there is ample free parking or you can walk via the back lanes (advisable to call in to the Tourist Information Centre along the Main High Street where you can buy a map for this). There are a variety of walks around the Mill and maps are available for £0.25 from the reception desk. For reservations call 015396 21958 ext 0