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Driving through Sedbergh

England’s green and pleasant land..

It was great to see the Tour de France set off in England last week, a great advert for the English countryside and Yorkshire in particular. The scenery caught a lot of people by surprise and hopefully will help to reinvigorate the local tourism throughout the summer.

This week I drove an alternative route from Cumbria across to Lincolnshire. Instead of the usual motorways I drove up to Scotch Corner via Sedbergh and down the A1 which cut out all of the motorways. I must say the drive was something of a revelation. It must be twenty years since I last drove to Sedbergh, a journey I made many times to visit their bookshops. Suffice to say that it has lost none of its charm and served as a reminder of how beautiful the English countryside is.

The landscape was quite dramamtic, winding roads with wandering sheep, clear blue skies and bright sun made for a very enjoyable drive. Sedbergh itself is a wonderful village, quaint houses and a seemingly enviable way of life. It’s easy to become overly sentimental and I am sure for many residents there are bad points to living there but when I saw this lady walking through this field on this day and in this setting I understood why she would want to live there. It’s not for everyone I know but if it is for you then it must be very nice indeed.

Once again a lesson on making the most of your own surroundings, why ‘we’ don’t champion places like North Yorkshire more is beyond me.


  1. v says:

    Green with envy. Sedburgh is one of my favourite places in the UK and I try to get there once a year. My friend is the Minister there and she lives with her husband and two little girls on the High Street next to the church.

    When I had a major personal crisis in 2008, I chose Sedbergh to recuperate, walking the hills every morning, lunches in lovely old pubs and browsing bookshops then sleeping most afternoons.

    Plus this was the first place in 2008 that I had Garstang Blue.

    There is a little temperance inn at Cautley Spout Dent a few miles down the road .Well worth a visit.

    July 11, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

  2. miles says:

    I was on a bit of a flyer unfortunately but shall be taking time out to see more of it. Managed to nip into the largest of the bookshops (name escapes me, begins with W) which was fruitful.
    A great place to recharge for sure.

    July 11, 2014 @ 6:41 pm

  3. V says:

    Perfect place to recover I can assure anyone of that .. :( I can get a train up to Oxenholme and she collects me when I need time out.

    My friend moaned recently about ” Rush hour” in Sedbergh. She had followed a tractor along the high street ! If you think of the car park on high street ,the church is on the car park and she lives next to it . Her Victorian kitchen and butler’s pantry would account for my ground floor of my house.

    July 11, 2014 @ 10:42 pm

  4. miles says:

    Delightful. I can just see that, rush hour in Sedbergh ;)

    July 11, 2014 @ 10:52 pm

  5. Rod says:

    There are some great places out there which are under the radar, that said it’s changing and more and more people are realising how nice things are outside of the M25 corridor

    July 12, 2014 @ 7:56 am

  6. miles says:

    Indeed, these places need better promoting, as does Lincolnshire! They’ve got to help the hotels and restaurants by shouting out about the area and giving people a reason to visit.

    July 12, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

  7. Anne says:

    I love this photograph and somehow just want to be there~~~

    July 13, 2014 @ 8:52 am

  8. miles says:

    Sorry- thought I replied to this. Me too, will be revisiting as soon as I can

    July 15, 2014 @ 7:30 am

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