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|Dent and the Dales Way|
|Author: Claire, Published: 11 Jul 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Cumbria, Yorkshire Dales|
|A 7 mile circular walk from the quaint Yorkshire Dales village of Dent in the south-east corner of Cumbria. The walk climbs high into the surrounding hills, following a beautiful old track across the top ridge with magnificent views across Dentdale and then descending through classic sheep pastures. The return leg follows a section of the River Dee, part of the Dales Way, taking in riverside pastures and hay meadows with plenty of wildlife to enjoy. |
The walk includes one quite long and steep ascent to start, followed by a much more gradual descent and finishing with a relatively flat stretch. Some sections are very high and exposed so ensure you have appropriate clothing with you. The paths are a mixture of stone paths/tracks and unmade paths through fields, the latter of which can get very muddy. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates, steps and footbridges plus two tight stone squeeze gaps (humans and dogs may need to breathe in!) and two stiles (one of which is enclosed with wire fencing so dogs may need a lift over). You will be sharing many of the fields with sheep and cattle so take particular care with dogs. There are public toilets available in the car park at the beginning of the walk. Approximate time 3.5 hours.
The small village of Dent is located in the county of Cumbria, but on the western slopes of the Pennines within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is about 5 miles south-east of Sedbergh. The access roads to the village are very narrow, so do take care as you are driving. The village becomes very busy in the height of the tourist holiday seasons, so if you are planning to walk during the holidays, arrive early to make sure you are able to park. The walk starts and finishes at the Dent village pay and display car park, opposite the Memorial Hall. The fee is £4.50 for the whole day (correct June 2015). Approximate post code LA10 5QJ.
|Start to Fell Top Track|
Start point: 54.2787 lat, -2.4559 long
Before you set off on the walk itself, you may wish to explore the tiny village of Dent, with its picturesque narrow cobbled streets and tiny stone cottages. The village has a heritage centre for visitors, which tells the varied and quirky tales of the history of Dent and its surroundings.
|Fell Top Track to Underwood Footpath|
Start point: 54.2677 lat, -2.465 long
Turn right to join the fell top track, signed to Keldishaw, running between stone walls. You will be following this track for 1.5 miles, so take your time to appreciate the views during this easier stretch of the route.
|Underwood Footpath to Combe House|
Start point: 54.2726 lat, -2.4881 long
Turn left through the gate (NOTE: this field is likely to be holding both sheep and a few cattle) and follow the grass track across the field at about 1 o’clock (bearing slightly away from the wall on the left). The track swings steadily right, passing a collection of rocky outcrops on the right.
|Combe House to Dales Way|
Start point: 54.2826 lat, -2.4906 long
Go through the gate and follow the stone track which leads you down the hillside. Take time to enjoy the views ahead to the north, which on a clear day will include several peaks within the Lake District National Park. Just before you reach the tree line at the bottom of the valley, look out for a waymarker post on the left. Fork left here to join the small path which swings left alongside the stream.
|Dales Way to Stone Bridge|
Start point: 54.2916 lat, -2.4908 long
NOTE: Some of the riverside pastures from this point are likely to be holding dairy cattle. Being the Dales Way this is a busy footpath and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the cattle seemed pretty relaxed when we walked through with our dog. All the same, do take the usual care if you are walking with a dog.
|Stone Bridge to End|
Start point: 54.2858 lat, -2.4704 long
Cross the lane, go through the squeeze gap ahead and down the steps to reach the first hay meadow of this next stretch of the route. Stay on the obvious path, passing through gates to cross the second meadow and enter the third.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 11 Jul 2015
There are some very impressive straight and long stone walls. I wonder how long it took to make these?
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 11 Jul 2015
A view of Dent, June 2015. It really is quite remote.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 11 Jul 2015
The squeeze gaps on the bridge toward the end of the walk are quite narrow!
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