Walking in the Sedbergh Area
Garsdale, Dentdale and the Rawthey Valley offer a range of lowland walking routes, while the more challenging Howgill Fells rise directly above Sedbergh.
There is a fine network of footpaths and bridleways in this part of the Yorkshire Dales. It is sign–posted and kept in good condition by rangers of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and it is regularly inspected by a team of volunteers.
For those with a few days to spare, there are some terrific routes from Sedbergh and Dent over to Swaledale, Wensleydale and the Three Peaks.
To Get You In The Mood
Tebay to Sedbergh over the Howgills
A video by Matt O'Brien. A beautifully produced portrait of the Howgills. Watch it on YouTube.
Ramblings, the Dales Way
Listen to Clare Balding as she walks from Dent to Sedbergh, on BBC i‑Player.
Some Local Walking Routes
Sedbergh to Brigflatts
A gentle 3 mile walk (there and back) to the Quaker Meeting House at Brigflatts. On the Brigflatts Quaker website as an html page and as a printer–friendly pdf.
Cautley Spout and the Howgills
Asix mile walk described as hard by the Walking Englishman.
Garsdale to Cautley Circular
A 10 ½ mile walk described as moderate by the Walking Englishman.
Flintergill Outrake & Nature Trail, Dent
A short linear walk that takes you about a mile and a half up Flintergill to "High Ground" (with its locally renowned views). See page on Heritage Centre website.
Short walks from Dent
These can be found on the Dentdale website.
Two walks from Dent
6 or 7 miles each, can be found on the Discover Dentdale website.
Free guided walks
Organised by the Friends of the Settle–Carlisle Line, some of them starting and/or finishing at Dent or Garsdale Station. Or take the train to Ribblehead Viaduct, have a guided tour, then come back on the train. Simples. See the FSCL website.
A website by Matt O'Brien. This describes several walks around the Howgills, with photographs, route–maps, and videos. Visit My Pennines..
See the Sedbergh town website and at the Sedbergh Information and Book Centre at 72 Main Street.
Long Distance Walking Trails
The Dales High Way
A 90 mile waymarked route from Saltaire, via Settle, Ingleborough and Sedbergh, to Appleby–in–Westmorland. See website.
The Dales Way
A walking route that runs from Ilkley to Bowness–on–Windermere, via Grassington, Dent and Sedbergh. See website. For post–storm temporary diversions in the Sedbergh area see our Welcome page.
A Pennine Journey
A way‑marked route, shown on O.S. Explorer maps, that roughly follows the route taken by Alfred Wainwright in 1938. From Settle it heads North to Hadrian's Wall, and then returns to Settle along a more westerly route passing through Sedbergh and Dent.See website.
The Howgills and Limestone Trail
A 76 mile walk from Settle to Kirkby Stephen via Sedbergh. See website.
Walking Groups, Guided Walks, Holidays, Training & Advice
The Sedbergh Area Walking and Cycling Group
Occasionally organises guided walks. Click here for details.
Other Local Groups
There are also a number of other walking, cycling and outdoor–related groups listed on our Local Groups page.
HF Holidays, run a number of walking holidays and courses. For details see the Thorns Hall website.
Ian Higginbotham, member of Kendal Mountain Rescue Team. Tel: 015396‑21073 or 07813‑818958. email@example.com
'Walk & Draw' days/weekends in the Sedbergh area with Ruth Kidd and Stuart Gray of Wickerfish Arts. www.wickerfishartstudio.co.uk
Alison O'Neill, Tel: 015396‑20134. E–mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.shepherdess.co.uk, guided walks and public talks.
Ideas for Family Walking
One of the many useful resources to be found on the Sustrans website is this guide to Planning Your Family Walk.
Printed Maps & Guides
Many of the leaflets, maps and guides listed below are available at the Sedbergh Information and Book Centre. It is also worth visiting Westwood Books, Sedbergh Post Office,The Sleepy Elephant and the Dent Village Store. Prices may vary from place to place.
An introduction and local walk — a short guide to the local geology of Sedbergh, by way of a short walk just to the North of the town centre. Text by Dr Neil Davies, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. Photography by Andi Chapple. £1–50.
The Sedbergh Quaker Trail
By Dave Smith and Phil Satchell. (A bridge over the Lune, swept away last winter has yet to be replaced, but alternative routes are outlined in a sheet that comes with the booklet). £1–50.
Access for all
Garsdale, Dentdale and Sedbergh — a free booklet giving 'information about access opportunities . . . for visitors who are less mobile'. Includes maps/details of a few short and level walks.
A Walk Around Sedbergh
A booklet that describes a gentle walk around Sedbergh town centre, with places of interest and historical notes. £1–50.
Eight Walks from Sedbergh
By Peter McWilliam. Booklet of walks between three and eleven miles in length, with brief descriptions and maps. £3.
Wild Card Discovery Walks
A pack of walks around Brigflatts, Cautley, Cowgill, Dent and Sedbergh, each with map and illustrations of wildlife to look out for. £5.
Leaflet by Arthur Gemmell, includes a small but comprehensive footpath and bridleway map at a scale of 2½ inches to the mile. £1–50.
Leaflet by Arthur Gemmell, includes a small but comprehensive footpath and bridleway map at a scale of 2½ inches to the mile. £1.
The Sedgwick Geological Trail leaflet
Describes a route of just over a mile that starts and finishes at the car park at Longstone Common on the A684, Garsdale Road. The route should be followed with particular care as there has been some erosion by the riverbank.
Walking in Dentdale
A pack of six walks published by Discover Dentdale, available from Dent Stores, Meadowside Café et.al. £4–95
1:25,000 map of the Howgill Fells covers Sedbergh, Dent and Garsdale as well. £10–95.
1:25,000 maps are useful, but you do need two to cover the whole area. OL 19, Howgill Fells, covers Sedbergh and the Howgills. OL 2, Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western, covers Dentdale. For Garsdale you need both maps.
1:50,000 maps numbers 97 & 98 cover this area. The border between them bisects Sedbergh's biggest book shop and then proceeds North up Settlebeck Ghyll, one of the main routes to Winder and Arant Haw. These maps might be useful for anyone not planning to cross either longitude 2° 31', or farms, or any enclosed agricultural land.
The British Mountain Map of the Yorkshire Dales
Harvey, (1:40,000) includes Sedbergh and the eastern Howgills. Designed for heavy duty walkers and mountaineers. £14–95.
Around and About Sedbergh
By Yellow Publications, a section of the OS Explorer OL19 map, waterproofed. £4.
Around and About Dent
By Yellow Publications, a section of the OS Explorer OL2 map, waterproofed. £4.
Guides to The Dales Way, A Dales High Way and Dales Rail Trails
Published by Skyware. See website.
Temporary Path Closures
The winter floods of 2015/2016 damaged a number of paths and river crossings. Thanks to the hard work of the staff and volunteers of the YDNP, repairs have been made and only one problem now remains:–
Fisherman's Bridge on River Lune near Goodies, Grid Ref. SD 6283 9450 – This was completely swept away but will be replaced this summer. In the meantime the nearest river crossing to the North is at Crook o' Lune (road) Bridge, c.2½km. The nearest crossing to the South is at Lincoln's Inn Bridge on the A684, c.2½km as the crow flies. Please see the Walking and Cycling group's Disclaimer.
Rights of Way
Should you encounter any problems regarding rights of way in the National Park, please contact the Ranger Service, preferably by e‑mailing them at email@example.com.