Spring Break 2018 at Sedbergh
April 30 - May 3
This year the Spring Break took place in the first week of May. The quiet little town of Sedbergh is located in the Howgills Fells, between the Lake District and the charming Yorkshire Dales. This corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park offers high peaks, rugged dales, quaint market towns and sweeping panoramas.
We were staying at Thorns Hall, a HF Holidays centre on the edge of the town. The Hall itself dates originally from 1535, with later additions and extensions. It retains its historic charm with wood-panelled rooms, fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard outside; it has Grade II listing. The dining hall in particular is a sympathetic and imaginative conversion of the stable wing and hayloft.
The Hall was fully booked, with 34 Ramblers looking forward to 3 days of inspiring and potentially challenging walking. We weren’t disappointed! The weather was kind to us, predominantly sunny with some light rain on one day. The HF guides, as ever, were professional and knowledgeable, taking us on some fine walks.
Each day we were offered 3 walks – option 1 was generally about 7 miles, with 400 to 500 feet of ascent; option 3 would be up to 11 miles with around 2,000 feet of ascent. Option 2 was intermediate between these. Those Ramblers who chose the easier walks enjoyed quiet river valleys and picturesque villages, while the hardier walkers climbed the rugged fells to spectacular peaks with broad vistas. Thanks to the excellent weather we were able appreciate the beauty of the Dales to the full.
Many thanks to Arthur for organising the holiday, and to all the staff at HF Sedbergh for making it so comfortable and enjoyable.
Next year we’re going to Lulworth. Book early to avoid disappointment!