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Things to do in SedberghThe Book Town of Sedbergh

Sedbergh, is the largest town in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and England's official Book Town. Sedbergh is a popular base for walkers, and lies at the foot of the Howgills, Alfred Wainwright’s favourite mountains, which rear up sleek and smooth… like velvet curtains in the sunlight’ behind the town. The Dales Way and the  Dales High Way pass through the town.

Once a centre for agriculture and the woollen industry, there's plenty of things to do in and near present-day Sedbergh. As England's only Book Town, Sedbergh offers a treasure trove of second-hand and collectors’ books, enhanced by literary festivals during the year. Sedbergh has booksellers ranging from general bookshops to specialists in music, transport, textiles and theatre.  For music lovers, the Sedbergh Folkfest comes to town in June each year and a 2-week Music Festival takes place every two years, also in June.

Sedbergh is a joy to explore with its cobbled yards, interesting buildings and places to have a bite to eat. Sedbergh market is held every Wednesday and farmers' markets are on selected Wednesdays throughout the year. The prestigious Sedbergh School spreads over the southern side of the town in a landscape of parkland and playing fields. Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre lies just outside the town, where you can see looms producing traditional cloth, visit changing exhibitions, enjoy lunch or tea in the café and buy a superb range of art and craft, much of it created by people working on site.


Sedbergh... Did you know?

Sedbergh School’s famous old boys include geologist Adam Sedgwick, polar explorer Robert Swan and rugby players Will Greenwood and Will Carling.

St Andrew’s Church houses the Sedbergh Embroidery, two canvas panels crafted by the Sedbergh Stitchers, a group formed in 1933 to create a depiction of the town’s history and heritage.

Brigflatts Meeting House dates from 1675 and is one of the oldest Quaker Meeting Houses in the north of England. George Fox, founder of the Quakers, preached nearby.

Find out more about Sedbergh

Official Guide to Sedbergh Visit Sedbergh  
What's On in Sedbergh? Sedbergh Parish Council