About Sleepy Elephant

Sleepy Elephant occupies the ground floor of what once may have been an old 'tower house' on Sedbergh's Main Street.

Some years ago, when the shop was a chemist's, it was featured on the BBC Television series 'The House Detectives'. The programme's experts thought the building might go back as far as the early fifteenth century.


The name 'Sleepy Elephant' refers to a comment made by the writer A. Wainwright who wrote that the neighbouring Howgill Fells were 'often likened to a huddle of squatting elephants'. However, when the current business was set up, it was felt that 'sleepy elephant(s)' might be more appealing.


Sleepy Elephant is now the place in Sedbergh for walking boots and other outdoor essentials. It is also a very active member of the Sedbergh Book Town Project.


Carole Nelson, proprietor of Sleepy Elephant, spent forty years in the outdoor clothing industry, mostly 'in boots'. She worked as a representative, buyer and sales manager in various companies including Ellis Brigham and Ardblair Sports. She was also a director of Blacks Leisure.

Knowing the outdoor clothing industry as she does, Carole is now able to get the best prices from suppliers – which can then be passed on to you, her customers.

In recent years, Carole has also been heavily involved in the Sedbergh Book Town project. She was one of the founding members in 2004, and is now chairman. Her love of books is clearly demonstrated on the shelves at Sleepy Elephant.

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 5pm
Most Bank Holidays, including
Good Friday and Christmas Eve
10am – 5pm
Christmas Day, Boxing Day,
New Year's Day, Easter Day
Closed