Things to do nearby The Penthouse
Sedbergh is a charming Dales town with stunning natural surroundings and plenty of history to explore. Known as England's Book Town, it's a bibliophile's paradise. Explore the town's hidden yards where you can find buildings dating back to the 14th Century, while out and about peruse the independent shops and visit one of the lovely cafes. Head out into the Howgills and bag a peak, alternatively walk to Cautley Spout, England's highest waterfall.
Sedbergh is surrounded on all sides by stunning countryside. The beautiful Howgills, Alfred Wainwright's favourite mountains, stand guard over the town. Why not walk up Winder or Brant Fell from the door? You could take in Cautley Spout, England's highest waterfall, on your way to The Calf, the highest top in the Howgills. There's a world of fantastic cycling here too with quiet roads and stunning bridleways.
The Dales Way passes by the town. Why not pack a picnic and take a walk along the River Rawthey or follow the Dales Way to the Pepperpot? It's a delightful local landmark which has been refurbished and reopened as a community venture. It makes a great place to stop and find out a little of its history.
Sedbergh is now chiefly known as England's Book Town. Potter round the town on foot and investigate this wonderful world of second hand book shops. An absolute must during your visit to Sedbergh is Farfield Mill. Housed in a restored Victorian woollen mill, there are heritage displays, working looms exhibitions, craft demonstrations, and plenty of goodies to purchase as souvenirs of your visit. Why not walk from town and treat yourself to lunch in the Weavers Cafe?
Why not head deep into Yorkshire Dales National Park where there are many attractions to visit. How about a walk through the longest show cave in England? White Scar Cave offers an impressive 1-mile tour through a hidden underground world. Thundering waterfalls, mystical rock formations, wonderful mineral "sculptures" and fascinating folklore tales are all part of an engaging exploration through the cave system towards the Battlefield Cavern at the end. Dent village makes a delightful place to visit, with its cobbled streets and old world atmosphere it feel like a step back in time. Dent Brewery, one of the most remote in Britain, is well worth a visit for a tasting and its beers are available at the three village pubs.
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is a feast for the senses, this breathtaking 4.5-mile circular walk, leads you through a dramatic and changing landscape, offering unusual geology, wildlife and plant life which is why it was declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England. Geologists will enjoy seeing the ancient base rocks that form the Peak District, while nature lovers can take in the rare plants, birds and trees that call this place home. There are picnic spots and viewpoints along the way so why not pack your lunch and make a day of it?
Why not take a trip on, what is arguably, Britain’s most scenic railway trip? The Settle to Carlisle Railway line. The whole journey takes around two hours and travels across some of the wildest and most beautiful landscapes in England. The route crosses the famous 24-arch Ribblehead Viaduct, passing through Ribblehead station before heading through the Mallerstang Valley, the Eden valley and finally Carlisle. There are ten stations along the line making it perfect for hopping on and off throughout the Eden Valley in Cumbria to explore the towns, villages and countryside. You can catch a train on the line at Dent Station, just five miles from Sedbergh, which is the highest mainland station in England.
Within 40-minute's drive of Sedbergh is Windermere, England's largest natural lake, which has a great range of things to do in the various towns and villages around its shore. The most visited is Bowness-on-Windermere, a lakeside holiday resort where you can walk around the bay or enjoy the hustle and bustle of village life with many shops, eateries and attractions. A relaxing way to enjoy the scenery and serenity of the lake is to take one of the Windermere Lake Cruises, use it as a ferry service to visit Ambleside, Wray Castle or Lakeside or just stay on board and enjoy the views. If the weather isn’t too kind, The World of Beatrix Potter, ideally located in the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere, offers something for the everyone, from the history of the iconic children’s writer to the wonderful characters that she created. No matter what age, everyone who visits falls in love with the infamous Peter Rabbit and friends.