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    With its narrow, cobbled main street, white-walled cottages and ancient village church, set in a deep, narrow valley, Dent is one of the loveliest of Dales villages. Still known by its old name of Dent Town, the great granite memorial and water fountain in the village centre is dedicated to the memory of Professor Adam Sedgwick, 1785-1874. Sedgwick, who was the Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge University, one of the great founding fathers of the modern science of geology, friend of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, teacher and later opponent of Charles Darwin, was a great benefactor and historian of his native Dentdale.

This is one of the greenest, gentlest and quietest of the Yorkshire Dales, historically part of the old West Riding but now in Cumbria. Today it mercifully has relatively little through traffic.

The Dales Way (website opens in new window)  runs close to the village down the valley to Sedbergh and this a favourite port of call for long distance walkers. There are also many other magnificent walks from the village - up Flintergill to the former Occupation Road, over Middleton Fell into Barbon and into Deepdale and Kingsdale, from where you could take the medieval Craven Way packhorse trail over the shoulder of Whernside to Ribblehead.

Dent’s location in the far north west corner of the Dales away from any main roads makes it difficult to access by public transport. The only regular services are to Dent Station on the Settle-Carlisle line. Located at Denthead the station is the highest station on any railway in England. It’s also one of the most remote as it is 4½ miles (7km) from Dent village, although there are linking bus services in the summer months from Lancashire Dalesrail trains, and a Wednesday Bus (564B) from Cowgill. Otherwise you’ll need to make use of the twice weekly bus service from Sedbergh (564A, 564B) or take a taxi from Sedbergh.

Public Transport Links:

  • Buses 564A, 564B
  • Trains: Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line; Lancashire Dales Rail service.
Bus and train times can be checked at the Transport Direct website (link opens in new window).

Local services: toilets, shops, cafes, pubs, accommodation, Youth Hostel (Denthead)

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