Thorns Hall Local Area

Sedbergh, Yorkshire Dales

Sedbergh, sits just within the Yorkshire Dales National Park at the foot of the Howgill Fells on the north bank of the River Rawthey. The name Sedbergh is believed to originate from the Norse Set Berg, meaning flat topped hill.
From all angles, the hills can be seen rising behind the houses. Until the coming of the Ingleton branch line in 1861, these remote places were reachable only by foot. The railway to Sedbergh was closed in 1965.The town also boasts the co-educational Sedbergh boarding school which was once the largest in England and who’s Masters made their home at Thorns Hall for many years.

Sedbergh's main industries were farming and the production of woolen clothing. Today school is probably the main employer in the town, but Sedbergh has set out to become “England's book town”, the equivalent of the Welsh Hay-on-Wye, with independent bookshops and dealers who operate from the Dales and Lakes Book Centre.

Farming is still important in the area, as is tourism, with the Howgills and the national park attracting many walkers, cyclists, climbers and birdwatchers.

About two miles west of the town, near Marthwaite, Ingmire Hall comprises the remains of a 16th century house. With its pele tower, used to fortify the property against attack, it was altered and enlarged in the 19th century by Kendal architect George Webster, and again in the 20th century. The property is built of coursed rubble with quoins and has a slate roof. Although the hall is within private grounds, there is a public footpath running alongside the driveway.

St Gregory's is a redundant Anglican church situated on the A684 road about 1½ miles to the west of Sedbergh. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Situated in the Yorkshire National Park, the area is a popular destination for outdoor lovers. It is crossed by several long-distance routes including the Pennine Way, the Dales Way, the Coast to Coast Walk and the latest national trial, the Pennine Bridleway.

Cycling is also very popular in the Dales and there are several excellent cycle ways.


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