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Sedbergh is at the confluence of two Dales rivers, the River Rawthey and the River Dee. Along their banks the scenery is a classic mixture of stone walls, fields, picturesque farms and houses surrounded by intimate fells. A network of paths, including the famous Dales Way, lead straight out of the centre of Sedbergh and can be linked up to form a fine little walk that explores the fascinating sights and sounds on offer.
There are lots of route variants but a good starting point is to head out from the village to Birks and Abbot Holme and then follow the River Dee to Rash Bridge from where a brief ascent over the Frostrow Fells gives delightful views down to Sedbergh. Following the Dales Way along banks of the River Rawthey rounds the walk off nicely.
1. From the centre of Sedbergh take the footpath on the south side of the church and follow it first across Busk Lane, then over fields to join Birks Lane. Turn left and follow the lane to cross the River Rothay at Birks Footbridge.
2. Follow the footpath through the trees and across the golf course to the minor road at Abbot Holme.
3. Turn right on to the road and follow it over Abbot Holme Bridge. Turn immediately left after the bridge and follow the path alongside the River Dee over fields to join a minor road.
4. Turn left on to the road and follow it to Rash Bridge. Turn left over Rash Bridge then on the other side turn right and follow the road a short distance to a footpath on the left before Rash Farm House.
5. Join the footpath and follow it as it climbs north up the hill side to join a bridleway. The bridleway (Dalesway) is then followed round the hillside and down the other side to Millthrop.
6. Turn right onto the road then at the next junction turn left. Turn right at the next junction and cross the River Rawthey. Immediately on the other side of the bridge turn left onto the Dalesway (footpath) and follow it west alongside the River Rawthey towards Birks Lane. Just before Birks Lane turn right on to the path used at the beginning of the walk and retrace your steps back into Sedbergh.