Coronavirus news

Despite the Government’s recent relaxation of the coronavirus restrictions we still politely ask any member of the public considering visiting Sedbergh and the surrounding area to please think again and avoid travelling to visit the area at the moment.

We have an ageing and at risk community and we would like to be able to offer as much protection as possible to them. We believe an extra few weeks of safe guarding will go a long way for the long term safety and health of our residents.

Additionally, in Cumbria, we have one of the highest rates of confirmed infection in the country and our visitors' safety is also incredibly important to us. Again, we believe those few extra weeks will reduce the risk of visitors being exposed to the virus and, in turn, protect their own families and communities.

  • Please be alert to the risks of catching and spreading the infection by staying local for a few weeks longer.
  • Toilets and most shops in Sedbergh remain closed, as do pubs and cafés.
  • Many of our footpaths pass through farmyards and the ageing farming community are particularly vulnerable.
  • Mountain rescue teams may not be available as they rely on volunteers, many of whom work in the NHS and other frontline professions.

Further details and information about the risks and problems facing rural areas such as ours can be found on the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Lake District websites.

We hope to have your understanding and look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future when both the community and visitors can enjoy our beautiful scenery and outside space safely.

Sedbergh Information & Book Centre can supply a range of maps and guidebooks related to cycling in the area.

Mountain Biking

Cycling to the summit of the Calf

Cycling to the summit of the Calf

The market town provides access to a variety of routes including one of the toughest singletrack mountain bike rides in the UK. The Bowderdale Classic begins with a steep grassy push up Winder, makes its way along the ridge of the Howgills Fells to The Calf, then descends into Bowderdale, before returning via Ravestonedale Common and the foot of the Howgills.

The recently opened Pennine Bridleway, which ends at Street near Kirkby Stephen, provides numerous possibilities for a great day out in the saddle. Several new sections of bridleway have been created and the surfaces improved on the older tracks.

Click here for a selection of mountain bike rides near Sedbergh

Many other classic routes in the Dales and the Lakes can easily by accessed from Sedbergh. Have a look at these links

cyclethedales.org.uk
lakesmtb.co.uk
www.pedalnorth.com

Road Cycling

Sedbergh also offers road cycling opportunities aplenty… with access to the fabulous road network to be found in the Yorkshire Dales and classic climbs including the internationally famous climb of the Buttertubs Pass. Or the climb to Tan Hill (where you can refresh yourself at Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s highest pub)

There are plenty of linear and circular routes too; including the 196-mile circular Lakes & Dales Loop, which passes through the market town on its journey around the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Eden Valley.

Riders can also access the circular 130-mile Yorkshire Dales Cycleway which links Skipton, Grassington, Malham, Settle, Ingleton, Dent, Hawes, Reeth and Kettlewell.

Click here for a selection of road cycling rides near Sedbergh

Family Rides

There are plenty of gentle family friendly roads to explore too on quite country lanes and bridleways including the stunning Smardale ride from Kirkby Stephen, which offers the opportunity to take a short walk to take in in an impressive 14 arch Victorian railway viaduct, medieval field system and stunning nature reserve.

For a more gentle ride try hiring an electric bike from Eden-e-motion in nearby Kirkby Stephen.