Things To Do In & Around Sedbergh

Sedbergh is situated in a superb location, set right in the middle of the Lake District National Park (now a UNESCO world heritage site) and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. 

Just off the M6 Kendal, J37, Sedbergh town is in prime spot for the Lakes (Windemere, Ambleside, Keswick, Hawkshead) and to the Dales are the picturesque towns of Dent, Hawes, Grassington, Askrigg (where ‘All creatures great and small’ was filmed), Inglebrough (for the Three Peaks and Inglebrough cave)..

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There are plenty of fantastic places to eat, drink and visit in the town, below is a list of to just a few.


Smatt’s Duo Cafe Bar & Bistro, Offering a variety of meals including gluten free options. They also have fantastic Thai evenings on certain nights. The food is excellent and we highly recommend it if you enjoy Thai! Dogs welcome. 32 Main Street, 01539 620 552

The Gundog Cafe, A lovely new cafe to Sedbergh offering coffee, cakes and a bite to eat. Dog friendly


Dalesman Pub, newly refurbished and offering lunches and evening meals. It is advisable to book for evening meals on a Friday and Saturday. Caters for children and large parties. No Dogs. Wifi. 14-16 Main Street, 01539 621 183

The Red Lion, a traditional pub dating back to the 1800’s and is popular with the locals, home cooked food and local ales. Beer garden. Dogs welcome. Finkle Street, 01539 620 433

The Black Bull, The Bull has just gone through a major refurbishment and looks fantastic. Award winning restaurant run by Nina and James from the Three Hares (now the Gundog Cafe). Advisable to book. Also serves sandwiches at lunchtimes. Muddy boots and dogs welcome. Free Wifi available. Main Street, 01539 621 264

The Thirsty Rambler, Cosy dog friendly bar with a good selection of local craft beers, cider and fine wines. Main Street.

The Cross Keys; A short drive outside Sedbergh in Cautley is a must visit, a 400year old National Trust Temperance Inn (but you can bring your own with no corkage charge).  As well as great pub fare it is also a book cafe where you can read and buy books on local history. Its not open every day so do check prior to visiting, and you need to book for Sunday lunch as it popular.


On a Roll, take away sandwich shop, hot baguettes or salad boxes. 46 Main Street, 07827 619758

The Haddock Paddock Fish and Chips, fab chip shop! Sit in or take-away. Main Street.


The Meat Hook, New family run butchers impressive shop design and meat display and (in our opinion) the best quality meat around, you can tell they really care about what they do. Definitely recommend a visit. Stock up for the freezer at home as its so good or pre order for your stay at Pippin. 2 Finkle St, email:

Spar Supermarket, Open 7 days a week until 10pm, a very useful shop selling general groceries, wine and spirits, dvd’s, logs and kindling, and much more. A brand new shop located as you drive in from the Kendal end of Sedbergh.

Martin Powell Greengrocer, Selling a good selection of fruit and veg and they also sell the original Cartmel sticky toffee pudding. Fantastic! Main Street. 01539 620 304

Rycroft JB, Hardware shop & Pet Shop. They have everything you may need and more! Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 9am - 5pm & Sat 9am-12.30 89-91 Main Street, 01539 620 420.

Bath House, Artisan fragrances and natural skincare, made in Sedbergh. Really fabulous products and you can visit their shop; The Grain Store, Busk Lane, 015396 21992

Book Shops in the Booktown of the Yorkshire Dales

For those book worms out there this town is a dream. Disappear for hours on end in the dozen or so shops. I can't possibly name them all so please click on the link; Sedbergh Tourist Information/shops

Local Activities 

Walking in Sedbergh and the surrounding area

There are many fantastic walks in and around this walkers paradise, we have left a folder with the local ones at the holiday cottage but further maps and guide books can be picked up at the Tourist Information Office which is situated in the heart of the village. Sedbergh Tourist Information

Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales

Sedbergh is a fantastic base for some excellent cycle routes. One circular route starts from the car park to the back of the tourist information. Distance 14 miles. For more information please see this link: The Howgills

Come Kayaking

A fantastic day/half day out for all the family no matter how experienced you are, beginners welcome. Or just hire your equipment. On the lakes or on the rivers.

2 Highfield House, Howgill Lane, Sedbergh. 07812 598 571. Information here

Horse Riding in the Howgills

Larkrigg Riding School, All abilities catered for. Natland, Nr Kendal, LA9 7QS, 01539 560 245

Bigland Hall, All abilities catered for. Fell riding, half day and beach rides. As well as riding, Bigland Hall has other outdoor activities on its scenic estate. Bigland Hall, Backbarrow, Cumbria, LA12 8PB, 01939 530 333. Information here.

The Pennine Bridleway

350 miles of adventure on horse, bike or foot. Starting at Byrness in Northumberland down to Middleton Top in Matlock. Information here.


Farfield Mill, Sedbergh.

Four floors of inspiration await you in this vibrant arts and heritage centre housed in a restored Victorian woollen mill on the edge of Cumbria and Yorkshire - now the leading venue for textile arts in the North West. Heritage displays, working looms, regularly changing exhibitions, craft demonstrations, art, craft, pottery and jewelry for sale by resident and visiting artists, also workshops and events - plus delicious food in Weavers Café. You can walk from Sedbergh, ask at the Tourist information for directions, free large car park.  Farfield Mill, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5LW. 015396 21958

For a further list of shops in Sedbergh have a look at the Visit Sedbergh website


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Guest Comments

Lovely stay at Pippin cottage, excellent communication with Karen, very clean with everything you could need for your stay. Added bonus of a parking permit, perfect position in the village also.

Graham Butler
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