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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.

Book Your Stay

Middleton's Cottage and Fountain Cottage

Middleton's Cottage and Fountain Cottage

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

The Malabar

The Malabar

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

Things to do

What's on

Family Fun Day

Mon 29 May 2017


Food & Drink Festival

Thu 8 - Sun 18 Jun 2017



Surrounding Area

Devil's Bridge

Culture and Heritage

Fairfield Mill
St Andrews
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.

In 2003, with a number of bookshops, writers and a printer's finisher already based in the town, Sedbergh took the bold step of becoming a Book Town - an initiative that has attracted even more secondhand book sellers to the town and generated two book festivals, along with various workshops and seminars on the theme of writing and books.

The Sedbergh Landscape

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