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Walking in the Sedbergh Area

There is an extensive network of footpaths and bridleways in this part of the Yorkshire Dales. It is sign–posted and maintained by rangers and volunteers from the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Garsdale, Dentdale and the Rawthey Valley offer a range of lowland walking routes, while the more challenging Howgill Fells rise directly above Sedbergh.

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. And Bowness on Windermere is just two days walk away on the Dales Way.

To Get You In The Mood

Calders and The Calf, a Howgill Fells Walk

A video by Matt O'Brien. Watch it on YouTube.

Howgill Fells

A video by Riaz Ahmed. 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

The Sedbergh / Farfield Trail

A riverside walk between Farfield Mill and Sedbergh on the Discovering Britain website. 'This trail explores Sedbergh's woolly heritage and finds out how farmers and artisans are drawing on this legacy to create a small, boutique wool industry today'. An alternative route back is via Millthrop and Bruce Lock, using footpaths and quiet lanes. It is also sometimes possible to get the Western Dales Bus back.

Walking In the Yorkshire Dales

A nicely illustrated website that describes walks from Garsdale Station and the Moorcock Inn, and around Dentdale and the Howgill Fells (amongst other places). Many of the walks can be accessed using the Settle–Carlisle Railway (Dent and Garsdale stations) and/or the Western Dales Bus. See www.walkingintheyorkshiredales.co.uk

The Sedbergh Quaker Trail

By Dave Smith and Phil Satchell. This describes a circular walk starting and finishing in Sedbergh that takes in a number of sites of relevance to early Quakerism. (A bridge over the Lune, swept away last winter has now been replaced. The booklet describing the route is now available at the Sedbergh Information Centre on Main Street).

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.

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.

My Pennines

A website by Matt O'Brien. This describes several walks around the Howgills, with photographs, route–maps, and videos. Visit My Pennines..

Further Information

See the Sedbergh town website and at the Sedbergh Information and Book Centre at 72 Main Street.

Connecting Buses

Linear walking routes between Dent, Sedbergh, Cautley and Kirkby Stephen are sometimes made possible thanks to services offered by www.westerndalesbus.co.uk. See also our Directions/Transport page for other bus, train and taxi services.

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

Other Local Groups

There are also a number of other walking, cycling and outdoor–related groups listed on our Local Groups page.

Thorns Hall

HF Holidays, run a number of walking holidays and courses. For details see the Thorns Hall website.

Navigation Training

Ian Higginbotham, member of Kendal Mountain Rescue Team. Tel: 015396‑21073 or 07813‑818958. ianhigginbotham@btinternet.com


'Walk & Draw' days/weekends in the Sedbergh area with Ruth Kidd and Stuart Gray of Wickerfish Arts. www.wickerfishartstudio.co.uk

Shepherdess Walks

Alison O'Neill, Tel: 015396‑20134. E–mail: info@shepherdess.co.uk, 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.

Sedbergh Geology

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 now been replaced. The booklet describing the route will be available again in January).

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.

Sedbergh (Dent)

Leaflet by Arthur Gemmell, includes a small but comprehensive footpath and bridleway map at a scale of 2½ inches to the mile. £1–50.

Sedbergh (Howgills)

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.

OS Explorer

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.

OS Landranger

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 all routes are now open.

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 paul.wilkinson@yorkshiredales.org.uk.

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