From Sedbergh a circular route heads up moors to the north of lower Dentdale to the pretty cobbled village of Dent. The return is via the River Dee.
One of the best sections of the Dales Way passes between Sedbergh and Dent. As a result I looked for a walk combining both places. Clearly the Dales Way can be followed one direction and is an excellent lowland track cutting through the attractions of lower Dentdale. Picking an alternative route for the return is more interesting.
My favourite alternative to the Dales Way is in fact the bridleway (little more than a path) leading over the moors of Frostrow and Long Moor before dropping down to the river Dee 1/2 a mile from Dent itself. 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. They are good as well!
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.
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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