Where is this walk?

Lower Dentdale walk

December 22, 2017

From Sedbergh a circular walk heads to the moors on the northern slopes of lower Dentdale. From there it drops to the pretty cobbled village of Dent. The return is via the River Dee.

The Walk

One of my favourite sections of the Dales Way passes between Sedbergh and Dent. As a result I looked to devise a circular walk that involved visiting both places. Clearly the Dales Way itself can be followed for one direction. This is an excellent lowland track visiting the attractions of lower Dentdale that lie near the River Dee. In particular the final mile has some lovely views across Sedbergh and on to the Howgills.

Picking an alternative route for the outbound leg proved to be more interesting. The best track is in fact the bridleway (little more than a path) which continues over the moors of Frostrow and Long Moor before dropping down to the River Dee half a mile from the village of Dent. The moorland section is very enjoyable with some good views to the north in particular. Whilst the Dales Way and riverside section of the walk can be busy it is rare to see anyone on the higher moors so the views can be fully enjoyed in peace and at your leisure.

Both Dent and Sedbergh are also full of interest. Dent is a cobbled village full of character whereas Sedbergh is more sprawling. However because it is dominated by the old grey buildings of the old public school it offers a nice comparison to Dent. Both are worth exploring.


When you have 5 or 6 days spare the Dales Way which runs from Ilkley to Kendal. It runs through the heart of the Dales is an excellent long distance walk.

Navigation Tips on the Lower Dentdale walk

The route from Sedbergh follows the Dales High Way on a faint path. Stick to the path from Frostrow as there is some bad bogs on the higher land to the south. At a junction of the wall at 695899 cross the wall and head south in to Gawthrop.

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