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Contributor: Barleybank
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One of my favourite walking areas in the Yorkshire Dales is around Dentdale, Sedburgh and the Howgills.

Nestling at the base of the Howgills is the attractive and ancient market town of Sedbergh (mentioned in the Domesday book), boasting a variety of shops, cafes and a surprising number of bookshops. It is also home to the Sedburgh public school, founded in 1525 by a Roger Lupton, a local man.

Situated in a beautiful setting, the school produced a number of famous scholars including Adam Sedgwick, the geologist.

Hand spinning and knitting typically would have been two of the main industries in both Sedbergh and Dent, until the introduction of mechanisation and the building of woollen mills, driven by water power, and employing many local people.

Sedbergh is fortunate to have a long stretch of riverside footpath called the Rawthey Way, which is also the starting point for walking on the Howgills, some of which must be amongst the least visited of the fells within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This is no reflection on their quality, but rather on their former inaccessibility. The Motorway (M6) has now completely changed this.

One of the most popular walks starting from the riverside would have to be Cautley spout, a waterfall which falls in a series of cataracts from high above at Cautley crag. This steep pull takes you up to The Calf, Arant How and Winder, these being the nearest of the Howgills to Sedbergh, the more remote set further back.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Images

Entering the town of Sedbergh.
Sedbergh public school, with Winder in the background.
The river Rawthey as it enters Sedbergh.
Cautley spout.
The Howgills.
The Howgills

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