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Community feel

There’s a great mixture of residents; people who have stayed, people who have returned and people who have relocated for retirement or just a more relaxed way of life.

There’s a real community feel to both towns with lots of activities and groups including amateur dramatics, singing classes, church activities, bowling, netball, running and more.

Both Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale have a great selection of local amenities including independent shops and businesses and although the latter has a Booths, there are no large supermarkets in Sedbergh.

The nearest place with a choice of supermarkets and large shops is Kendal, about a 30 minute drive. Both towns have cafes, coffee shops and some great pubs serving food and drinks. There’s a farmer’s market every Wednesday in Sedbergh and on the first Thursday in the month at Kirkby Lonsdale.

Schools and facilities

Sedbergh has its own primary school for children aged 3 – 11 and Settlebeck High School for 11 – 16s, both rated Good by OFSTED. The independent secondary, Sedbergh School, was founded in 1525 and caters for ages 13 – 18. Kirkby Lonsdale has excellent schools at all age ranges, including its own secondary school.

Both towns are served by the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal.

There’s a wide variety of housing available ranging from modern and contemporary new-builds to traditional cottages and barn conversions. Property is much sought after in this area, thanks to location and reputation, and this is reflected in the price.

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