If you enjoy being away from the busy crowds of the Lake District and want to undertake peaceful, tranquil walks with astounding views, then you should consider the hills/fells called ‘Howgills’. Below we have listed a range of fell walks as well as ‘pub pit stop’ walks for those preferring a ‘wander with refreshments!’
A stroll out
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!
Access is easy straight from the centre of the village and with a brisk walk up Howgill Lane you can be out on the open grassy fells steadily gaining height. Almost as soon as you start to climb an expansive range of views opens out before you.
The 'Pepper Pot' & Akay Woods
From Main High Street, go down Finkle Street and continue along this road. You will pass Sedbergh school on your left. Continue down the country lanes and before you reach the river crossing the river at Milthrop you will see a sign post and kissing gate on your left which will lead you to the Pepperpot and woods.
Pub pit stop walks
For those fancying a leisurely pace with a little drink in between, download our pub pit stop walks!
Serious hiking - The Howgills
The Howgills are the rolling green giant fells that surround Sedbergh. There are 19 fells inside the border, of which The Calf (15) at 676m is the highest with stunning views when the weather is clear. The Calf can be ascended from Cautley Spout which is England’s highest cascade waterfall above ground.
Maps for the above can be bought from the Tourist Information Centre along Main High Street.
Yorkshire Three Peaks
Fancy a challenge? The Yorkshire Three Peaks is the collective name given to 3 hills in the Yorkshire Dales - Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough, and Whernside. People try to complete the challenge to climb all 3 peaks. Sedbergh is approx 45 minutes from Pen-y-ghent and Howgills Apartments provide the perfect base to explore and tackle all 3 in one go, or perhaps one a day!
Get a guide
Pick up a walking guide from the Sedbergh Tourist Information Centre, for a small voluntary dontation.
Download an app!
Download the new walking app developed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park which includes 35 GPS-enabled walks, developed by their rangers. The walks are located across the National Park (a few in and around Sedbergh) with walks of differing lengths created to suit all abilities and taking in stunning woodlands, peaceful riversides, iconic hills, limestone scenery and dramatic waterfalls.
For more go to to Yorkshire Dales National Park App