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Things to do in Sedbergh - our top 10

Sedbergh...Is it in the Lakes or the Yorkshire Dales? What a delightful question. Sedbergh sits on the cusp of both, with a Lancashire postcode. Whatever the geography there is no denying the abundance of things to see and do for all ages.  Its slightly quieter reputation in comparison to the bustle of the main Lakes hot spots also means that you can wander and explore at your own pace.   It's rich in history too and the sandstone architecture of the prestigious Sedbergh School buildings and old cobbled streets gives the feel of being on a Harry Potter set.

 

As soon as you pull off the M6 on to the quiet road that leads into Sedbergh let the beauty of the towering Fells take your breath. But we're not all just about the Fells (as much as we love them!).... 

 

The Sedbergh Quaker Trail is available from the local tourist information centre for £1.50 and worth every penny.

Walk this trail and you’ll be treading in the footsteps of George Fox and William Penn, the founders. You’ll also find yourselves in beautiful and wild countryside along the banks of the River Lune and the high ground beyond, with splendid views of the Howgill Fells and up into Dentdale.

Fox's pulpit
Fox's pulpit

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Sedbergh Quaker House at Brigflatts
Sedbergh Quaker House at Brigflatts

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Fox's pulpit
Fox's pulpit

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Whether you fancy a cycle along the quiet country lanes or if you want to get the adrenalin pumping, there's something for everyone!

MTB recommends the Bowderdale Classic as one of the best mountain bike routes in the UK: click here to see the route

For easier terrain and road rides there are many to choose from on the Sedbergh Tourist Information Page, click here

Mountain biking Sedbergh
Mountain biking Sedbergh

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Sheep on Winder
Sheep on Winder

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Mountain biking Sedbergh
Mountain biking Sedbergh

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Winder may be relatively small (473m), but that's what I love about it! Within half an hour of climbing you have expansive views in front of you, with the Lakes to the west, Yorkshire Dales to the east and Lune valley to the south, but best of all the expanse of the Howgill fells to the north as you reach the summit. For directions and a map go to https://www.sedbergh.org.uk/activities/outdoor-activities/walking/short-walks/walk-winder-from-sedbergh/

Winder Summit
Winder Summit

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Sheep on Winder
Sheep on Winder

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Windy Winder!
Windy Winder!

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Winder Summit
Winder Summit

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There are a few impressive waterfalls to explore and my personal favourites are Cautley Spout and Uldale Force.

Cautley Spout is England’s highest waterfall above ground as it tumbles 200 metres in a series of cascades. It really is quite spectacular. For a map and further details go to https://www.sedbergh.org.uk/activities/outdoor-activities/walking/visit-sedbergh-walks/walk-9-cautley-spout/

Uldale Force is a bit of a hidden gem and I only visited it for the first time recently. If you don't mind a narrow path (with a rather steep drop to the side) then it's well worth the visit and is on the way out of Sedbergh to Ravenstonedale. For more info: https://myyorkshiredales.co.uk/walks/uldale-waterfalls/

Uldale waterfall
Uldale waterfall

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Uldale falls
Uldale falls

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Uldale waterfall
Uldale waterfall

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Explore the charm of cobbled streets and the independent shops, pubs and cafes being run by local people for generations. The weavers shop offers a glimpse of the woolen textile industry that once reigned in Sedbergh and offers a glimpse of a forgotten art as the weavers sit at their looms and make scarves and items for sale in their shop. The local sweet shop is packed with rows of glass jars with jeweled sweets for the picking! Or perhaps you'll want to explore Westwood books which is one of the largest book shops in the Yorkshire Dales. The Dalesman is now serving its very own Sedbergh Gin and quite handily the Thirsty Rambler is located next door for your next stop! Farfield Mill is a few miles out of Sedbergh and offers stunning artwork and exhibitions as well as an insight into the history of the booming woolen industry that stood firm for generations. https://www.farfieldmill.org/

Sedbergh HighStreet
Sedbergh HighStreet

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The Three Hares
The Three Hares

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Highstreet
Highstreet

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Sedbergh HighStreet
Sedbergh HighStreet

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Husband and wife team James and Nina, run the award-winning Black Bull on Sedbergh Main Street. The Black Bull offers hybrid Japanese, German and Cumbrian-influenced menu and has already received two prestigious AA awards. The Black Bull has been shortlisted in the Best Pub category as part of the annual GQ Food and Drink Awards 2021.  There is a delightful beer garden to the rear with wood fired pizza oven and check the website for upcoming live music events too. https://www.theblackbullsedbergh.co.uk/

Black Bull Restaurant
Black Bull Restaurant

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Nina at the Black Bull
Nina at the Black Bull

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Delightful beer garden at the Black Bull
Delightful beer garden at the Black Bull

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Black Bull Restaurant
Black Bull Restaurant

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View from Garsdale
View from Garsdale

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Fell ponies at Garsdale
Fell ponies at Garsdale

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View from Garsdale
View from Garsdale

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Not strictly in Sedbergh but this place really is so worth a visit! As you meander along the river bed the fossils shine in the light offering brief glimpses of bygone years. Between water, rock and stone, the overhanging ferns really make you feel like you have travelled back in time. Wetsuits are highly recommended as are the skills of a local, qualified Water Instructor. We work with Dan and Becki from 'Into the Outside' who will safely lead you down the river scramble. https://www.intotheoutside.co.uk/

Hellgill scrambling
Hellgill scrambling

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Hellgill rock formation
Hellgill rock formation

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Hellgill bridge
Hellgill bridge

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Hellgill scrambling
Hellgill scrambling

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Why not head out with the bikes and explore the nearby village of Barbon which lies in between Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale. You'll find the delightful Churchmouse which offers speciality cheeses and cheese wedding cakes. https://www.churchmousecheeses.com/

Or you can visit the Wensleydale Creamery, home to the world-famous crumbly Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. The Dairy uses traditional methods to handcraft cheese to time-honoured recipes, using milk from local farms to create a range of delicious award-winning cheeses including Yorkshire Wensleydale, Wensleydale Blue, Yorkshire Wensleydale and cranberries. https://www.wensleydale.co.uk/

If you're looking for a nice bottle of red to go with your new cheese selection, The Three Hares Deli along Main Street has a great selection. https://threeharesdeli.co.uk/

Wallace-and-Gromit-Truckle
Wallace-and-Gromit-Truckle

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Wallace-and-Gromit-Truckle
Wallace-and-Gromit-Truckle

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One of my favourite places to explore is Akay Woods which runs along the side of the river Rawthey. Within the woods there are remnants of Akay house that was owned by local chemist Charles Taylor and would have included 8 household bedrooms and 5 servants’ bedroom as well as 5 reception rooms and a large domestic department for the servants to work in. Sadly the House was demolished and now just offers clues of a time gone by with its mosaic floors and grand gate posts. 

From the woods you can stroll to 'The Pepperpot'  that is thought to have been built as an isolation house for Mr Taylor’s daughter. Anne developed Tuberculosis at the age of 18 and rather than send his daughter away to live in a sanatorium Mr Taylor built Pepperpot. This allowed Anne to live close to her family without contaminating them.

Akay Woods offers a visual and sensory delight with its snow drops in winter and carpet of bluebells in the spring. The wild garlic grows along the path in spring and apparently can be used to make soup!

For more details about a walk to Akay Woods please go to https://www.sedbergh.org.uk/activities/outdoor-activities/walking/visit-sedbergh-walks/walk-3-akay-wood-and-rawthey/

Pepperpot from afar
Pepperpot from afar

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Snowdrop
Snowdrop

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The Pepperpot
The Pepperpot

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Pepperpot from afar
Pepperpot from afar

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The clever folk at the Sedbergh Tourist Information Centre have even put together suggested itineraries for you to view!

https://www.sedbergh.org.uk/activities/suggested-itineraries/

We also work with activity partners at Howgills Accommodation, if you're fancying something a little different for your stay with us and details can be found here