"A Dales Village In Cumbria!" Dent by nickandchris

Dent Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 57 photos

Wet And Windy Weekend....

Mid July and after weeks of dry, warm weather, the heavens opened and the gales arrived. The very weekend we had planned to spend in the village of Dent, of Yorkshire stock but now part of Cumbria.

We were booked onto a 5 van site in the village and although it had rained most of the day, the evening faired up and after having a wander along the river and into the village,we were able to sit out. We were the only people on the site, others preferring the two other sites further down the road, cheaper and more facilities.

Once The Rain Stopped...

Saturday dawned, wet and windy. The rain eventually eased off around 11am and we set off on the motorbike, exploring all the valley along it's narrow roads and up to Dent station. After lunch we drove up onto the fells on a very steep and narrow road which offered us spectacular views of beautiful landscapes of bare moorlands dotted with stone barns. We discovered a pretty waterfall and more spectacularly, a huge cave open for anyone to explore. More in my tips!

That evening we picked field mushrooms from the site, which we devoured with duck eggs and bacon!

We sat out and appreciated the ever changing evening light on the hillsides and were rewarded with a swift glimpse of a rainbow.

Despite being ripped off at the campsite, we enjoyed our foray into Dentdale, loving the scenery and the quiet roads but perhaps not so much the amount of people in the village.

Dent Itself.

Dent village is in Dentdale, on the western slopes of the Pennines in Yorkshire, but is actually a Cumbrian village today.It owes it's origins to the Vikings who settled here in the 10th century. Today,the area exists from a life of farming and tourism as well as a few cottage industries and undoubtedly many of the properties are holiday lets or second homes.In the 18th century practically everybody knitted,men included, even in church and in the fields and socks and gloves were a big cottage industry.

It is an immensely pretty village with it's three cobbled streets meeting by the village's two pubs, the Sun and the George and Dragon. Driving through the village is tricky in large vehicles and not encouraged.The pretty houses cling to the sides of the narrow streets with some intriguing architecture to be noted. Also in the village, is a memorial stone to Adam Sedgwick, a first class geologist born here in 1785.

Dentdale has it's own brewery, further along the valley, at Cowgill and provides for the valley's three hostelries. The valley is even served by the rialway, with the Settle to Carlisle line stopping at England's highest station, Dent, some four miles outside the village.

The area is hugely popular with walkers and cyclists with the Dalesway long distance path running the length of the valley. For the not so ambitious, there are many walks along the banks of the River Dee, a tributary of the Lune, which runs through Dentdale.

Accommodation is provided on three campsites, a Camping Club certified site (5 units only), a hostel and B&B's.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Splendid landscapes, pretty villages,narrow roads.
  • Cons:A shame the main route passes through the village!
  • In a nutshell:If you enjoy the outdoors, this is for you....
  • Last visit to Dent: Jul 2010
  • Intro Updated Jul 20, 2010
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    I'm glad to here they have reactivated the Settle to Carlisle railway line and now have several trains a day serving Britain's highest station. That sounds like a fine campground in a pretty village and within easy staggering distance of two pubs.


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