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Sedbergh

The ancient market town of Sedbergh lies at the foot of the Howgill fells, and is a perfect centre for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and beyond. Sedbergh is England’s Book Town, offering a treasure trove of new, second hand and collector’s books. The town is a centre of excellence for education, and you will also find speciality shops, and cafés, pubs and bistros serving locally sourced produce. With some of the best mountain biking trails in the UK, fabulous walks on the doorstep, and a rich history of heritage and culture, Sedbergh is a destination not to be missed.

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Middleton's Cottage and Fountain Cottage

Middleton's Cottage and Fountain Cottage

Self-catering with 2 units, £329-£490 pupw sleeps 4

Howgills Apartments

Howgills Apartments

Self-catering with 6 units, £94-£378 pupn sleeps 1-12

The Malabar

The Malabar

Bed & Breakfast with 6 rooms, £160-£240 prpnb

Howgills Barn

Howgills Barn

Self-catering with 1 unit, £30-£897 pupn sleeps 1-35

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Surrounding Areas

Dent
Devil's Bridge

Culture and Heritage

St Andrews, Sedbergh
The Sedbergh Landscape
Sedbergh High Street
The historic development of Sedbergh in the Western Dales is linked to its position at the convergence of four valleys formed by the rivers Lune, Rawthey, Clough (Garsdale) and Dee (Dentdale) that served as access and trade routes. The Romans followed the north-south axis of the Lune Valley, establishing forts at Borrowbridge (near Tebay) and Over Burrow (south of Kirkby Lonsdale) linked by a Roman road that runs on the line of Fair Mile and Howgill Lane.

Norse settlers arrived in the 10th century, penetrating up the valleys in search of suitable grazing grounds for their livestock. Their traditional longhouses, often sited next to watercourses, are the forebears of many of today's Dales farmhouses and can be identified by names ending in ‘thwaite' (‘clearing') or ‘scales' (‘summer dwelling').The name ‘Sedbergh' is derived from the Norse ‘Set Berg', meaning ‘flat-topped hill', a possible reference to the defensive structure at Castlehaw.

Sedbergh is mentioned in the Domesday Book so a settlement must have existed here before the Norman Conquest. On their arrival, the Norman barons established control by constructing a defensive motte and bailey at Castlehaw (SD 662 923), and later founded the two churches dedicated to St Andrew at Sedbergh and Dent.

By medieval times, Sedbergh was a well-established town; its reputation cemented by the founding of its famous public school in 1525. The school has produced many distinguished names over the years including Professor Adam Sedgwick, the father of modern geology, and Will Carling who captained the England rugby team 1988–1996.

The relative isolation of these valleys fostered a strong sense of independence in Dales folk, which during the 17th century turned to disillusionment with the established church. In 1652, George Fox, founder of the Quakers, came to Dentdale and Garsdale bringing the message that God could simply be found within you. His inspirational words struck a chord with the people of the Dales, so that when he arrived at Sedbergh, a receptive audience of over a thousand was waiting for his sermon on Firbank Fell – now known as Fox's Pulpit.
The Sedbergh Landscape

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