Walk through Dentdale

  • Lovely riverside walk
  • Traditional village of Dent
  • Quiet and unspoilt countryside

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 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 Knowtberry. 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.

Recommend: 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.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SD 704871. There is parking at the west end of the village, walk straight down to the river and turn left.
Height to Climb: 108ms (354 feet)
Terrain: Being riverside this is surprisingly good and not overly muddy. Being on the Dales Way helps, as does the old embankment on the northern bank below the bridge at Ellers.
Eating & Drinking: On my last visit I had a pint in the Sun Inn which was friendly and welcoming, there are 2 further pubs and 2 tea shops which are again cosy but from an eating point of view uninspiring.
Similar Walks Nearby: From Sedbergh to Dent
Exploring Upper Dentdale
Whernside from Dent
Places to Stay:


George & Dragon, Dent