The walk through Dentdale follows the River Dee, It is an unspoilt dale, little visited and served by a narrow road. The scenery is lovely though, classic stone wall fields and barns so typical of the Yorkshire Dales.
Dentdale suffers a little due to the inaccessibility of the valley itself. It runs east west and the best access is from Sedbergh which is also off the beaten track. However being forgotten has meant that Dentdale has retained much of its charm and natural beauty. The village of Dent has a ‘going back in history’ feel about it with its cobbled streets, old style shop fronts and dominated by the impressive church of St Andrews.
I decided to just walk through Dentdale from Dent and see what happened. Walking almost inevitable brings you to the banks of the River Dee in these parts and as riverside walks go this is one of the better ones. The Dales Way passes along the banks of the Dee on both sides of Dent village with the river winding down from the upper valley and the remote hill of Great Knoutberry. Dentdale does have some geological significance being on the fault line which separates the carboniferous limestone to the south with the older Silurian rocks further north with Combe Scar to the south being an obvious example of the difference.
With its own brewery the Dent music and beer festival in late June is an excellent time to visit the village and take on the walks around.
There are a number of footbridges to the east of Dent which are the best way to cross the river. However do note some have been washed away in recent flooding and may not yet have been replaced. The map may be out of date.
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