Sedbergh, The Howgills and The Yorkshire Dales

The old market town of Sedbergh is situated in the western end of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. For centuries the town has served the social and commercial needs of Dales farming communities, but now Sedbergh has become something of a visitor hub.

Sedbergh is a real magnet for walkers. The Dales Way meanders along the banks of the Dee, the Rawthey and the Lune, passing within half a mile of the town.

For the more adventurous walker, the top of Winder gives access to the rest of the Howgills to the North and also affords magnificent views of Morecambe Bay, the Lakeland Fells and the Three Peaks. (OK, you actually have to get half way up Brant Fell to get a good view of all three of The Peaks, but it's not far).

It is also one of three 'Book Towns' in the UK, the others being Hay–on–Wye (in Wales) and Wigtown (in Scotland). It's not as big as the other two but it has a number of shops selling mostly second–hand books that are well worth a little rootle.