Where is this walk?

Dent Station and Ribblehead

November 2, 2021

The one way walk between Dent Station and Ribblehead passes through some of the best and most interesting landscape including 3 viaducts, the highest station in England and some remote moorland walking.

The Walk

The Settle to Carlisle railway provides a number of excellent one way walks. Hop on at one station, get off at the next and walk back. This section between Dent Station and Ribblehead is one of the best, if remote in places. The outstanding views down Dentdale are the highlight. In addition some small diversions brings you to the spectacular viaducts at Arten Gill and Upper Dentdale (refer to the alternative route on the sketch map). The viaducts are probably the best feature of the exceptional Settle to Carlisle railway, standing underneath brings the scale and engineering achievement to the fore. With the walk ending at Ribblehead the walk is a journey in Victorian history.

The walk loops around the head of Upper Dentdale before dropping in to the headwaters of Ribblesdale. There is some road walking at each end of the walk but the roads are quiet and the views continually changing. In between the paths are good, part Pennine Bridleway and part Dales Way.

Recommend

I have mentioned the detour down to the two viaducts but I would also recommend the sharp climb up to the excellent summit of Great Knoutberry Hill. The views along Dentdale to the Howgills are at their best from its slopes and the summit marks one of the best of the Dales 30 mountains.

Navigation Tips in Upper Dentdale

The path is at its wettest above High Knowle Farm. It is often cloudy here as well. However keep the wall to your left on arrival and you cannot go wrong. Boundaries (along with contours) offer the best navigational tools.

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