If history’s your thing, relish the fact that Sedbergh is mentioned in the Doomsday book, and the name’s a derivative from the Norse ‘Set Berg’ meaning ‘flat-topped hill’. The town was granted a market charter by Henry III in 1251 and Sedbergh School started here in 1525. In 1652, in the early days of the Quaker movement, George Fox, founder of the Quakers, preached to a congregation of a thousand from a large rock on the fellside just outside Sedbergh, which became known as Fox’s Pulpit.
If you prefer the here and now, simply enjoy the 21st century pleasures of an elegant market town, with space to breathe, and potter: a friendly approach to life; quality shopping; great pubs and local food and drink; comfortable places to stay to suit all tastes and budgets. There’s lots to see and do, both indoors and out, and wonderful views all around: whether you’re an adrenaline enthusiast or prefer something more relaxing.
If you like sheep you’ll love Sedbergh – the wool industry thrived here and there’s lots to see about its heritage today, from Farfield Mill to Sheepfest – our very own unique celebration of sheep!
And if you like books, we’re proud to be England’s Booktown – we love browsers and bookworms.
We have a small range of leaflets about Sedbergh, its attractions, book shops and available accommodation which you can download from this website or we can post out to you. For more details, please go to the Leaflets available from the Sedbergh Information Centre page of this website.