Sedbergh - things to do & places to go.
Horse Riding and Pony Treking
Stonetrail Holidays, Street Farm, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4LL (phone: 015396 23444)
Stonetrail Holiday offer exclusive horse riding ranging from 1 hour to a full day. Stay in one of Stonetrail's luxury courtyard apartments or one of the excellent local B&B's and let Stonetrail Holidays arrange a bespoke holiday just for you, situated at Ravenstonedale, midway between Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen, surrounded by some of the best walking and off road riding routes in the UK.
Holmescales Riding Centre, Holmescales Riding Centre, Old Hutton, Kendal, LA8 0NB (phone: 015397 29388)
Holmescales Riding Centre offers horse riding, hacking, cross country treking and daily courses for families, children , corporate groups and private parties of novice and experienced riders.
A range of maps and guidebooks can be purchased from the Sedbergh Tourist Information Office in the Dales and Lakes Book Centre, including the Harvey map "Yorkshire Dales - Sedbergh Walks" which describes 8 walks centred on Sedbergh, which is clear and easy to understand and includes historical and other information of interest about the places along the routes.
Sedbergh is an ideal base from which to explore the Howgill Fells, a compact cluster of hills rising to about 2,000 feet about 40 square miles in area between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Many of the hilltops provide excellent long distance views to the Lake District, the Pennines and Morecambe Bay. The Howgills are distinctively different from the craggy Lake District hills to the west and the rolling Pennine moors to the east. In his book "Walks on The Howgill Fells : And Adjoining Fells" A.W. Wainwright, author of the famous Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells describes the Howgills as being...
... sleek and smooth, looking from a distance like velvet curtains in sunlight, like silken drapes at sunset; they are steep-sided but gently domed, and beautiful in a way that few hills are. Their soaring and sweeping lines are not interrupted by walls or fences above the intakes, giving a splendid upland expanse of “free range” walking.
Additional information about A.W. Wainwright and his guidebooks can be found on the Wainwright Society's website.
- A map
- Clear directions
- Informative descriptions of the wildlife and points of interest
- Original photographs
The Dales Way is a long distance footpath of about 80 miles (129 km) from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere which passes through nearby Dentdale and the Lune Valley. By following as far as possible riverside paths, it offers a scenically attractive route from urban West Yorkshire to the Lake District, which any reasonably fit family can undertake in a week's holiday.
Sedbergh is on the route of a new long distance walk, A Dales High Way. The 90 mile high level route between Saltaire and Appleby-in-Westmorland passes through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Yorkshire Dales. The route crosses Ingleborough and the northern flank of Whernside before dropping into Dent from where an old packhorse trail leads over Frostrow to Sedbergh and the Howgills. The walk can be completed in a week, or even less for a strong walker but there are so many fascinating places along the way it would be a shame not to take your time and explore them.
Where2Walk features 100 walks in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District and includes a number of walks in the Howgill Fells and Dentdale. The brief details for each walk show the key features: what to look out for, a start point and some good refreshment stops, a few photos which are much better than words in characterising the walk but most importantly a map. The page on each walk is downloadable on a single page.
The Walking in Cumbria website which has links to more than 160 free Cumbria walks to download along with details of books, maps and walking groups in the country
Copies of the above books and guides are available from the Dales and Lakes Book Centre.
Residential Activity Courses
Sedbergh School runs a variety of residential and day courses during the school holidays for boys and girls aged 9 to 15. These include sports coaching academies, choral and drama courses, the ‘Dangerous Course for Kids’ (outdoor activities) and an International Summer School. Each course is led by a highly experienced Head Coach or Tutor, supported by a team of professionals. The courses include a full programme of supervised evening activities, a nutritionally balanced menu suited to active, growing young people, and first class facilities in a safe, secure environment. Free transport from and to Oxenholme station is also included. Further details can be obtained and places booked on the website: www.sedberghschool.org.
We have a collection of web pages showing photographs of the scenery around Sedbergh including details of local walks.
- Don Brown's web site has a collection of photographs of the area around Sedbergh.
- Mike Chitty's selection of over 200 photographs taken in and around Sedbergh.
Sedbergh provides an ideal base for cyclists wishing to explore the quiet country lanes and for the more energetic mountain bike enthusiasts exploring the numerous bridleways and tracks over the fells. See our cycling page for more details.
Stonetrail Mountain Bike Hire, Street Farm, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4LL (phone: 015396 23444)
Stonetrail Mountain Bike Hire are situated at the foot of Wild Boar fell and the Pennine Bridleway midway between Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen, they have immediate access to some fabulous tracks and trails with routes to suit all abilities. Hire bikes by the day or come and stay in one of Stonetrail's luxury courtyard apartments for a complete cycling holiday.
Sedbergh & District Angling Association (Sedbergh Anglers) owns, leases or rents some 15 miles of the Rivers Lune, Rawthey and tributaries. The waters contain native and stocked brown trout together with significant numbers of sea trout and salmon. Fishing permits are available from the Premier Express store in Sedbergh (015396 20913).
Permits for fishing at Killington Lake are available from Mr Fearnhead at Resevoir House (015396 20326).
Day tickets from the Killington Sailing Association, allowing visitors access to Killington Lake for dinghy sailing, canoeing and windsurfing are available from Bendrigg Lodge, Old Hutton, LA8 0NR (01539 723766). Further details are available from the Killington Sailing Association web site.
See the Sedbergh events calendar for a list of events due to take place in the area over the coming months.
Community Groups & Services
Information about a number of clubs, societies, trusts and other groups can be found at www.communigate.co.uk/lakes/viewgroup.phtml?group=11. These cover a wide range of interests including adult education, sports, special interests, health & social care.
Dent Village Heritage Centre
The Dent Heritage Centre tells the real story of Dent through the working lives and social customs of the Dalesfolk who inhabited this area in times past. The Centre has been designed and built entirely by local labour, being converted and extended on the site of an existing structure which once served as the filling-station for Dent Town. Many of the exhibits are of genuine Dales provenance, a large number of them being taken from the collection of Jim and Margaret Taylor of High Laning Farm, the Centre's founders, who have spent many years rescuing and refurbishing many of the traditional artefacts on display here.
Phone: 015396 25800
The Station House Pottery & Tearooom
Situated between Kirkby Lonsdale and Cowan Bridge, the Station House Pottery is visible from the A65, opposite New House Caravan Park.
At the Station House there is everything you need to decorate a piece of ceramic. Painting sessions last on average 2 hours. No booking required. Choose from a wide selection of white ceramic items, and personalise them with special paint which is food and dishwasher safe and ready to take home the same day after baking in the oven at the pottery. There is a wide range of items from spoon rests to teapots, and pencil holders to vases, all you need to add is your own colourful imagination.
Children as young as four can easily decorate items using special ceramic felt tips but will require close parental supervision.
While you are waiting for your masterpiece to bake, why not relax with a cup of tea or coffee, and home baked cakes and biscuits, made on the premises. Hot and cold drinks and ice cream are available plus hot Pannini’s and a selection of sandwiches all freshly made to order.
Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre
Farfield Mill is located about 1 mile from Sedbergh on the A684 Garsdale road. For over 100 years it was a thriving spinning and weaving mill, now it’s home to some 20 artists and craft makers whose work is displayed on three of the building’s four floors, alongside that of many other makers and craftspeople. Two galleries, the Dover Gallery and the Howgill Gallery, show a changing programme of high quality temporary exhibitions.
The 4th floor is home to the Mill's collection of floor and hand looms - and, on weekdays, you can often see weavers busy at the looms, working on their own projects. They are usually happy to talk about their work and what they are creating. Lace-makers and Rag Ruggers are also often in situ, demonstrating their craft and happily chatting to visitors.
Farfield Mill is rapidly†gaining a reputation†for creative textiles in its many forms: art, design and manufacture. The Heritage Floor documents the history of Farfield Mill and textiles in the area. Two Dobcross looms, which are worked on at weekends, can be seen through an internal window in Weavers Café. Throws and rugs woven at the Mill can also be purchased.
Dent and Sedbergh Oral History Society
For more than a decade the Dent and Sedbergh Oral History Society have been recording interviews with people in the area to find out about the changes that have happened to our communities within living memory. What did it feel like to go from horses to tractors, oil lamps to electric light, bikes to motorcars or clogs to trainers? The aim of the project is to record memories so that people now and in the future will better understand what life was like in our area in the twentieth century.
It's easy to take change for granted but, as they look back over the twentieth century, the interviewees tell us of some truly momentous changes in their time. They experienced for themselves the impact made by the national grid and mechanised transport, by the changes in education and health care. Farmers have described the difference tractors and milking machines made to their lives. Housewives have told what their daily round was like before vacuum cleaners and washing machines. People told how, with the growth in car ownership, their shopping habits were transformed, so that the delivery boy on his bike became a thing of the past and farming folk no longer bartered their butter and eggs for a sack of flour or cattle feed. People still alive today remember when the Sedbergh Workhouse shut its doors and when the isolation hospital was no longer needed. So many changes, and all in a lifetime.
Copies of recorded interviews, with written transcripts, are available at Farfield Mill where, with a click of a mouse, you will be able to sit and listen to the voices of the interviewees as they talk about their lives. In many cases the interviews have been transcribed, so you will be able to read their words on screen as you listen. Simple instructions are there to guide you. There is a running index to refer to as an additional research tool.
Craft Workshops at Farfield Mill
Farfield Mill offers a variety of craft workshops for the general public and for schools. The ‘public’ workshops are open to anyone aged 16 and over, unless stated (eg, Family Workshops). Details of workshops currently on offer are available on the workshops page at the Farfield Mill website.
Personalised tuition is available at The Chair Workshop in all chairseating methods. Bring your chair or restoration project and with expert demonstration and guidance you can restore your furniture and learn a new craft.
Lessons can be booked at a time to suit you. Workstations are available for one or two people to work simultaneously and seating materials (cane, rush, rope, Danish cord, willow and seagrass) are always in stock. All classes are charged per hour plus the cost of materials.
The Chair Workshop is situated on Main Street, near cafés, pubs and shops. Why not make a weekend of it and combine your class with one of the events and activities organised in the town?
Cook in Cumbria - One Day Cookery Classes
Cook in Cumbria cookery days are held in High Chapel House, Ravenstonedale. The courses cover everything from traditional Cumbrian recipes to exotic dishes from around the world.
Each one day course includes the demonstration of a number of dishes (and the chance to eat them!) as well as hands-on preparation of a dish to take home. With numbers limited to only nine or ten people, you will have an enjoyable and relaxing experience in an informal and friendly atmosphere with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get involved. At the end of the day you will have learnt new skills, learnt how to prepare and use new ingredients, and developed a wider understanding of the wonderful art of cooking and entertaining. Hopefully you will also have made some new friends!
The course fee includes all ingredients, a complimentary glass of wine with your lunch, and a folder for you to take home with the recipes and techniques used during the day.
High Chapel House also provides B&B accommodation with en-suite rooms enabling you to extend your stay and explore the many attractions of the surrounding area.
The Sedbergh Embroidery
Sedbergh Stitchers formed a group in 1993 with the objective of creating a canvas work panel depicting many of the historic buildings in the town. The completed panel, measuring 5ft x 5ft was initially put on display on the upstairs landing of Sedbergh library. In 2004 work started on a second 5ft x 3ft panel which included most of the important buildings in and around Sedbergh that were not on the first panel along with figures such as a the bandsmen, a fisherman, lady golfer, bowler and several others which represent either past or present activities. Both panels are now on permanent display in St Andrew's Parish Church.
Leaflets describing features in the embroidery which can be seen in or around the town can be purchased in St Andrew's Church.
For more information visit the Sedbergh Embroidery web site.
St Gregory's Church
The church was built in the 1860's by Miss Frances Upton of Ingmire Hall and remained in the family's ownership until 1918. The furniture and fittings are of exceptional quality with woodwork by Waring & Gillow of Lancaster. The stained glass windows are unusual in that they depict scenes of nature as opposed to the religious themes adopted by most churches.
The church was declared redundant in 1984 but is open to visitors every day. It is situated on the A684 Kendal road about 1½ miles west of Sedbergh.
Brigflatts Quaker Meeting House
George Fox, founder of the Quakers, preached to a congregation of a thousand from a large rock on the fellside at nearby Firbank in 1652 and began the Quaker movement, 'The Society of Friends'. The meeting house at Brigflatts ( about 2 miles from Sedbergh on the A683 to Kirkby Lonsdale) dates from 1675 and is the oldest Quaker meeting house in the North of England. It retains many of the original oak furnishings in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
For more information visit the Brigflatts Meeting House web page.
Holme Open Farm is a traditional dales working farm open daily from April to October and at other times by arrangement. There are a variety of attractions including:
- Nature trail
- Snacks & meals
- Conducted farm tour
- Seasonal demonstrations
- Roman road through farm and ancient ford:
- Remains of Stone Age settlement nearby
- Special natural history locations
- Fishing available
- Caravan and camp site by arrangement
To reach Holme Farm from Sedbergh follow the A683 Kirkby Lonsdale road for about 4 miles and turn sharp left into a lane signposted to Holme farm about ¼ mile after going over a narrow bridge and right hand bend.
For more information see the Holme Farm web site or phone 015396 20654
Settle & Carlisle Railway
The Settle & Carlisle Railway, opened in 1876, was one of the last mainline railways to be built in this country. The 72 mile route has 20 major viaducts (including the impressive 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct), and 14 tunnels.
Trains stop at nearby Dent (9 miles), Garsdale (11 miles) and Kirkby Stephen (12 miles) stations. These stations are all un-manned and do not have taxis. Kirkby Stephen is the only station with a daily bus service through Sedbergh but this is not very frequent.
Note that Dent station is about 4 miles away from the village of Dent.
For more information visit the Settle & Carlisle Railway web page.
Harmony singing weekend workshops with David Burbidge and a regular Tuesday evening group at Farfield Mill. To find out more visit www.lakelandvoice.co.uk.
The Pepperpot Club
The Sedbergh Pepperpot Club was founded in 1997 and exists to encourage any who wish to take up orchestral instruments and widen their horizons. There are some orchestral instruments available for loan with no hiring fee, merely a nominal payment for insurance cover, and there is support for promising young players of orchestral instruments living in and around Sedbergh and District.
Members pay a small subscription to join. In return they are offered a varied programme of mainly cultural events. Further funds for the young musicians are raised by means of a levy of a £1 'peppercorn' per person per event attended. Thus for the member, the fund-raising to assist in the musical education of local young people can go hand in hand with the opportunity for a continuing appreciation of the arts in general, often difficult to achieve in a rural district like ours.
Sedbergh Town Band
The Sedbergh Town band is a brass band of over 30 members with ages ranging from ten to over seventy years. The band has given many concerts, raising money for various charities and featured in the BBC 2 programme about the town twinning of Sedbergh with Zreče, Slovenia. Details of the band's concerts in the Sedbergh can be found on the Sedbergh events page. To read more about the Town Band see our Sedbergh Town Band page or visit the Sedbergh Town Band website.
Sedbergh & District History Society
The Society was founded in 1980 and now has members throughout the world. Its aims are to study, research, publish and stimulate interest in history but mainly in the history of the local area.
Winter lectures are held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month. Summer outings vary from local walks to full day excursions.
Non members are welcome to attend meetings for which there is an admission charge of £1.00 for members and £2.00 for non-members, to cover expenses incurred by the Society. Details of meetings are available on the Sedbergh & District History Society web site.
The Society maintains an archive in the Sedbergh Community Office, this contains much information of interest to people researching the history of the area or their local family history.
Sedbergh Golf Club
Set in the shadow of the Howgill Fells, the course is designed to offer a picturesque and simulating challenge to golfers of all standards, whilst retaining the aesthetic beauty of its natural surroundings.
The course is a mature parkland layout, with contoured greens and fairways bordered by trees and the waters of the rivers Dee and Rawthey. Nine interesting and varied holes, with different tee positions for the back 9 making a good test at par 70, with year round playability as an added bonus.
The club offers all the usual amenities of a shop, bar, catering and locker rooms with showers. Also available is a self-contained function suite for all types of events. There is ample car parking.
Telephone reservations are taken for tee times and you are strongly advised to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
For more information visit the Sedbergh Golf Club web site or telephone the clubhouse on 015396 21551.