Sedbergh and the Howgill Fells
Sedbergh is officially in the Yorkshire Dales, although it’s actually in Cumbria rather than North Yorkshire. Designated as ‘England’s Book Town’, Sedbergh is famed for its numerous bookshops. Many of the Sun Inn’s guests also visit Farfield Mill, a restored Victorian woollen mill with a wide range of craft demos, heritage displays, working looms and visiting artists.
Sedbergh lies at the foot of the Howgills, where you can find England’s highest waterfall, Cautley Spout. Tumbling almost 200 metres (650 feet) from a plateau called The Calf, it is one of the country’s few ‘cascade’ falls here on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Several valleys converge near Sedbergh and there are an array of footpaths and bridleways to explore Dentdale, Garsdale and the Rawthey and Lune valleys too.
For a quirky spin on country life, why not visit Andy Goldsworthy’s Sheepfolds? The internationally acclaimed artist reinvigorated 42 sheepfolds (livestock enclosures) as part of a Cumbria-wide project, directly linking the county’s farming tradition and history. Several sheepfolds can be found in the countryside near Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale area.