Our family moved to Cumbria in search of a more rural life and through a series of happy coincidences we ended up settling in Sedbergh. You can be forgiven for being confused about which county it actually sits in as it used to be within Yorkshire but now belongs to Cumbria. It’s also in the Yorkshire Dales National Park boundary. At the foot of the Howgill fells and just a short drive away from the M6, it is a perfect get away spot for dog walking. There are lots of walks you can do in the area but here are our favourites that you can access right from town. When you’re done, you can even pop into the dog friendly cafes like the award winning Three Hares and Smatt’s Duo.
Sedbergh sits at the foot of Winder, the first in the range of the Howgill fells that you can see stretching out behind the town. You can head right up from the car park at Joss Lane and follow the signs to the fell. Once you’re through the farm gates just keep heading up until the bench at the fell wall. Here you can continue up to the summit if you’re feeling adventurous or alternatively take a gentler stroll along the fell wall.
The Fell Wall
We love this walk all year round, with its fabulous views across the town but it is an especially good route in Summer. It takes you right past the home of Howgill Fellside Icecream, made on the farm with milk from their own cows. They have the most amazing variety of flavours and it tastes fantastic. A perfect spot for a rest for both two and four legged travellers.
If you’d like something generally flatter then a riverside walk is perfect. There are a number of routes from town down to the river. There’s also a lovely picnic spot at New Bridge. In summer it’s a fabulous place for dogs to have a splash about and cool off.
Please remember to be a responsible dog owner - dogs should always be kept on a lead where there is livestock grazing and always clean up after your dog.
Happy dog walking and hope to see you here soon!