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Sedbusk is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSD884911
Civil parish
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
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54°18′57″N 2°10′46″W / 54.3157°N 2.1794°W / 54.3157; -2.1794Coordinates: 54°18′57″N 2°10′46″W / 54.3157°N 2.1794°W / 54.3157; -2.1794

Sedbusk is a hamlet near Hawes and Hardraw Force within the Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England.[1] The hamlet is 1 mile (1.5 km) north of the town of Hawes across the River Ure.[2] Sedbusk is in the civil parish of High Abbotside along with Hardraw and Simonstone.[3] The name of the hamlet derives from the Old Norse Saetr buskr, which means "the bush by the shieling". In 1280, it was recorded as setebuskste.[4]

Sedbusk is situated just off the "high road" in Wensleydale (the road on the opposite side of the valley to the A684).[5] The road that goes through the hamlet is part of an old drovers road that is said to have been the route that Mary Queen of Scots travelled along on her way to Castle Bolton.[6]

The hamlet sits in the shadow of Stags Fell (to the north) which was formerly a centre of quarrying for stone[7] and at one point even had a small colliery, though it is believed to have been only sourcing coal for lime burning.[8] Stone produced at Stag Fell was Yoredale Sandstone and whilst production ceased in the 1930s, the tunnels cut into the hillside are still there and are dangerous to enter.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Hardraw Force" (PDF). p. 1. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Sedbusk" (PDF). Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  3. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – High Abbottside Parish (1170217154)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. ^ Chrystal, Paul (2017). The Place Names of Yorkshire; Cities, Towns, Villages, Rivers and Dales, some Pubs too, in Praise of Yorkshire Ales (1 ed.). Catrine: Stenlake. p. 71. ISBN 9781840337532.
  5. ^ Warne, Malcolm (27 July 2018). "Review: Stone House Hotel, Sedbusk, Hawes". Darlington and Stockton Times. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Walking the River Ure: a land of cheese and old railways". 8 June 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2019 – via Newsbank.
  7. ^ Mercer, Jack (29 June 2018). "The Quarries at Stags Fell". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Sedbusk Colliery". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  9. ^ Johnson, David (2016). Quarrying in the Yorkshire Pennines : an illustrated history. Stroud: Amberley. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-4456-5367-9.
  10. ^ "Stags Fell Stone MInes" (PDF). The Northern Echo. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2019.

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