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Sedbergh is a small market town in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It nestles beneath the Howgill Fells providing a superb centre for walking on the fells or in the dales.

Sedbergh is at the convergence of four valleys. The beautiful Lune Valley forms a north-south axis used by the Romans. Garsdale and Dentdale rise eastwards farther into the National Park. Across the heads of these dales runs the Settle to Carlisle Railway with Dent Station being the highest mainline station in England. 11 miles down the Lune Valley is Kirkby Lonsdale with Devil's Bridge and Ruskin's View.

Access and Transport

Travelling by car - Sedbergh is on the A684 only 5 miles from Junction 37 of the M6. Easily accessible fom the Lake District, it is only 12 miles from Kendal. There is parking along the road in front of our shop, and a small car park behind the shop.

Travelling by train - Oxenholme station on the main west coast line is only 10 miles away with either bus or taxis available. The nearest railway stations are Dent and Garsdale Head both on the Settle to Carlisle Railway with easy access to Leeds and Carlisle. Taxis at Dent or Garsdale need to be pre-booked.

Places of Interest

Geology - About a mile east of Sedbergh runs the Dent Fault where the older Silurian rocks of South Lakeland and the Howgills crunched against the younger mainly limestone rocks of the Yorkshire Dales. For more information on local geology and Adam Sedgwick see the  Sedgwick Geological Trail.

Sedbergh and the Quakers - In 1652 George Fox, founder of the Quakers, preached to a great open-air meeting on nearby Firbank Fell which is now usually identified as the start of the Quaker movement. The crag upon which Fox preached is now known as Fox's Pulpit. The Quaker meeting house at Brigflatts about 2 miles south of Sedbergh 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.

Sedbergh School - Sedbergh School is an independent school founded in 1525 by Roger Lupton, Provost of Eton College. It has about 450 pupils, is co-educational and mainly boarding, and has an associated Junior School. Its archives are housed in the school library built in 1716.

Farfield Mill - Farfield Mill is a vibrant arts and heritage centre housed in a restored Victorian woollen mill. It is now the leading venue for textile arts in the North West with heritage displays, working looms, regularly changing exhibitions, craft demonstrations, art and craft for sale by resident and visiting artists, workshops and events. It also has two bookshops, Avril's and the Mill bookshop.