The historic market town of Sedbergh sits at the very cusp between the westerly edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the eastern hills of the Lake District. Anyone heading north out of Yorkshire along the M6 will know of the eye-catching views formed by the Howgill fells around junction 37, just beyond which the town of Sedbergh sits, surrounded on all sides by rolling hills.
The town emerged centuries ago at the point where the River Lune and the River Rawthey met. The town thrived thanks to its many successful farms, which produced large amounts of wool for nearby mills, though this trade has since died out. The history of Sedbergh's wool-making days are enshrined at the museum in Fairfield Mill.
Another of Sedbergh's success stories, and one that stayed the course of history, is Sedbergh School. Founded in 1525, the educational boarding school has built up a reputation for excellence and places are highly sought after.
A major attraction of modern day Sedbergh is its status as one of England's Booktowns. Since 2001, the booktown project has brought a flow of book-lovers to Sedbergh to enjoy the town's many excellent book shops. Sedbergh also has its own printer's finisher.
Whether you're exploring its bookshops or its hills, the town of Sedbergh is simply full of delightful discoveries and makes an ideal destination for a Lake District cottage holiday.