Walking & Cycling Routes, Shops, Cafés, Pubs etc.
This web page is dedicated solely to Dentdale and the village of Dent. It contains information about walking and cycling routes, and lists of shops, pubs, cafés and services. Accommodation providers in Dent and Dentdale are included in our main accommodation pages for the area.
Local & Long‑distance Walking Routes
Flintergill Outrake & Nature Trail, Dent
A short linear walk that takes you about a mile and a half up Flintergill to "High Ground" (with its locally renowned views). See page on Heritage Centre website.
Short walks from Dent
These can be found on the Dentdale website.
Two walks from Dent
Of 6 or 7 miles each, can be found on the Discover Dentdale website.
Free guided walks
Organised by the Friends of the Settle–Carlisle Line, some of them starting and/or finishing at Dent or Garsdale Station. Or take the train to Ribblehead Viaduct, have a guided tour, then come back on the train. Simples. See the FSCL website.
The Dales Way
A long‑distance walking route that runs from Ilkley to Bowness–on–Windermere, via Grassington, Dent and Sedbergh. See website.
Cycling & Mountain Biking Routes in Dentdale
Three local routes
These walks around Sedbergh, Dentdale and Barbondale are described on the Cycle the Dales website. These vary in length from 13 to 25 miles, and are graded blue or red.
The Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way
Route passes through Dent. Details on the Cycle the Dales website.
The Pennine Bridleway
Begins in Derbyshire's White Peak, at its northern end traverses the head of Dentdale, goes over Garsdale Head, and finishes up in the village of Ravenstonedale, 11 miles North-east of Sedbergh. Details on the Pennine Bridleway website.
Tour of Whernside
A 24 mile loop that can be started//finished in Dent, Ribblehead or Ingleton. Details on the Yorkshire Dales website.
Printed Maps & Guides
Dent Village Store stocks a number of maps and guides, though not necessarily all those listed below.
Access for all — Garsdale, Dentdale and Sedbergh
A free booklet giving 'information about access opportunities . . . for visitors who are less mobile'. Includes maps/details of a few short and level walks.
Leaflet by Arthur Gemmell — includes a small but comprehensive footpath and bridleway map at a scale of 2½ inches to the mile. £1–50.
Pack of Six Walks around Dent
Published by Discover Dentdale, available from Dent Stores and Meadowside Café (two examples of these walks can be viewed on the Discover Dentdale website).
Map of the Howgill Fells covers Sedbergh, Dent and Garsdale. £10–95.
OS Explorer 1:25,000
Map OL 2, Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western, covers Dentdale.
Around and About Dent
By Yellow Publications, a section of the OS Explorer OL2 map, waterproofed. £4.
Cycling around Sedbergh, Dentdale and the Lune Valley
A map and guide to 5 'do–in–day circular rides on quiet roads and country lanes' is exactly what it says. Routes vary from 14 to 24 miles in length and are graded as easy/moderate to challenging. There are useful cycling tips and information about public transport. £1–50.
Cycle Rides in the Yorkshire Dales
Published by Harvey's, 8 one day routes with maps and descriptions. It includes a route of 19 miles from the foot of Holme Fell to Dent and Cowgill and back, through very varied scenery. It is described as 'gentle', and mostly follows a quiet lane £2–50.
The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway
Map by Harvey, priced at £6–95.
The British Mountain Map of the Yorkshire Dales
By Harvey's, covering the Yorkshire Dales and the eastern Howgills, is principally designed for walkers and mountaineers. It may however be of some use to the more adventurous mountain biker. It is priced at £14–95.
Shops, & Services in Dent
Main Street, 015396–25209, groceries, newspapers, batteries, beer, wine & spirits, ice–cream, stationery, meat, maps, milk, bread, fruit & veg, webpage
Tuesday & Thursday mornings in Village Store, some banking services including free cash withdrawal, 015396–25209, webpage
Sophie's Wild Woollens
Shop on the Green, locally hand‑made knitwear, 015396–25323, website. Opening times vary, so please telephone first.
Main Street Car Park entrance
Dent Village Museum & Heritage Centre
The Laning, 015396–25239, website
National Westminster Bank Mobile Branch
Dent Car Park, Tuesdays, 10.30am to 11.15am
Dent Library Link
Main Street, 01228–227329
Pubs, & Cafés in Dent
George & Dragon
Main Street, 015396–25256, website
The Laning, 015396–25329, website
Cowgill, 015396–25282, website
Stone Close Tea Room
Main Street, 015396–25231, website
Main Street, 015396–25208, website
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