The charming Dales town of Sedbergh lies a few miles to the East of Kendal. For those not familiar with the town don’t tempted to say Saidburg as it is actually pronounced Saidburr (and Sebber to locals no-one else!)
As you travel eastwards along the A684 you will see where the Yorkshire Dales National Park begins and shortly after start the steep descent down Black Horse hill into the town.
Passing close-by remote Firbank where George Fox, the famous Quaker, preached at Fox’s Pulpit in 1652.
Cobbled yards and narrow streets combined with many small, independently owned shops make Sedbergh the ideal place to visit. The folk here are genuinely friendly and they do seem to know everyone. A market is held on Wednesdays in Joss Lane and although small has a variety of produce on sale including artisan bakes, eggs, fish, fruit and veg.
Steadmans, the award winning butcher’s shop on Finkle Street, is great for stocking up on BBQ treats or for that full-english in the morning – they make awesome sausages.
Being awarded the title of ‘Book Town’ in 2003 it is no surprise to discover that Sedbergh has many quality second-hand bookshops. Literary events take place in the town throughout the year for avid bookworms and are always popular.
There are plenty of cafés and tearooms in Sedbergh so the ideal opportunity for a slice of cake & a latte when you’ve done exploring and it boasts three pubs; The Dalesman, The Bull & The Red Lion all serving food.
Well worth a visit and just out of town on the Garsdale Road is Farfield Mill. This old water mill once produced textiles and is now home to an interesting Arts & Heritage centre with exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations.
Last but not least The Howgills, Wainwright’s sleeping elephants, providing a stunning back-drop to the town and popular with both walkers and artists alike who appreciate the rare solitude and stunning landscapes.
For more information on visiting the Sedbergh area www.sedbergh.org.uk
Find out about Farfield Mill http://www.farfieldmill.org/