About 12 miles (19km) due east of Kendal is England’s Book Town of Sedbergh. Although it’s been part of Cumbria since 1974, it also lies within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with a lovely setting close to the Howgill Fells.

South of Sedbergh, a delightful little run along the A683 leads to Kirkby Lonsdale. On the way the route by-passes Barbon from where a minor road goes through Barbondale into Dentdale and then on to the pretty village of Dent. 

Perched above the River Lune, Kirkby Lonsdale is full of attractive stone buildings and is fortunate in having a good range of small, independent shops. 

In the 19th century JMW Turner and John Ruskin visited the town and were enchanted by the view across the river and fields to Middleton Fell and the village of Casterton. 

Turner painted the scene in the 1820s and 50 years later Ruskin described it as ‘one of the loveliest in England, therefore in the world’. It’s known as Ruskin’s View. 

Attractions

Information

Sedbergh and District Information Centre, 72 Main Street, LA10 5AD: 015396 20125. The Howgills Bookshop shares the same premises. 

Sedbergh website: www.sedbergh.org.uk

Dentdale website: www.dentdale.com

Yorkshire Dales National Park website: www.yorkshiredales.org.uk 

Market days: Wednesday in Sedbergh, Thursday in Kirkby Lonsdale. Sedbergh Artisan Market is once a month on a Saturday in the warmer months. 

Kirkby Lonsdale Tourist Information and Gift Shop, 29 Main Street, LA6 2AH: 015242 97177.

Kirkby Lonsdale websites: www.kirkbylonsdale.info / www.kirkbylonsdale.co.uk

Stay connected

Keep up to date with all the latest news from the LAKE DISTRICT travel guide.