Our next walk is at Dent on June 23rd 2019
With its narrow, cobbled main street, white-walled cottages and ancient village church, set in a deep, narrow valley, Dent, in Cumbria, is one of the loveliest of Dales villages.
Walking through the cobbled streets of Dent – still known by its old name of Dent Town – you will find an art gallery, blacksmith’s shop and a memorial fountain to its most famous son, geologist Professor Adam Sedgwick, 1785-1874. Sedgwick was the Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge University and one of the great founding fathers of the modern science of geology. The twelfth century church of St. Andrew contains altar flagstones made from the beautiful black Dent marble, the area’s most famous mining export. The working lives and social customs of local people since the sixteenth century – including the ‘Terrible Knitters of Dent’ – are revealed at the Dent Village Heritage Centre.
‘A’ Party Leader Stuart Drysdale
Distance 15.25 miles
Climbing 3000 ft
Leaving the coach at Sedburgh
From the coach we head south to Abbott Holme then up onto Holme Fell to pick up a track that takes us along the ridge of Middleton Fell to today’s high point at Calf Top, just a mountain at 2002 ft. We carry on to Castle Knott where we descend to Blindbeck Bridge and walk up Barbondale Road to Greeen Lane, which we follow until we reach the track down Nun House Outrake.
From here we take tracks and field paths into Dent for refreshments and the coach home.
‘B+’ Party Leader Meriel Nutter
Distance 10 miles
Climbing 2000 ft
Leaving the coach at Dent
From Dent road then track up Flinter Gill. The barn near the top is full of agricultural artefacts but isn’t always open. West along Drovers Road for 500m then north through gate and up enclosed track which opens out at Blea Gill Rig. We’ll have ‘bagging’ before following remaining wall up, sometimes very steeply, to ridge between Crag Hill and Great Coum. Those who wish to can do a short out and back west to the trig point on Crag Hill. East to summit of Great Coum and south past Gatty Pike, pausing for lunch at some point. Continue down the ridge past the County Stone and drop down east through potentially boggy pasture to join Occupation Road. Go north for 1.5 miles turn north west down Nuns House Outrake. Cross a minor road and take field paths to Bridge when where we join the Dales Way to Dent.
‘B’ Party Leaders Rob Brook
Distance . miles
Climbing . ft
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‘C’ Party Leaders Annie Walsh
Distance 5.5 miles
Climbing 250 ft
Leaving the coach at Dent
We will linger a little in Dent to enjoy its old streets and history as well as a cuppa. Then we head east via Condor Farm to the River Dee and the Dales Way going to Tommy Bridge. There we will turn westwards on the north bank, before heading to the lower slopes of the hills and following footpaths between farms and cottages to Low Hall and Church Bridge. Wildflowers, rushing rivers and super views.