The Dalesway from Dent Station
Walk 7 - From Dent Station to Sedbergh - a low level linear walk using the Saturday-only bus service - 5 or 10 miles - 4.5 hours. By bus/ train. A good low level walk following the Dalesway for when conditions are variable and avoiding any significant uphills! This takes in the picturesque village of Dent ending at Sedbergh where there are a variety of hostelries and tea rooms not to mention a large book shop! Alternatively the walk may be split into two 5 mile walks from Dent Station to Dent and Dent to Sedbergh. The walk makes use of the limited Dent Station - Kendal bus service which only runs on a Saturday [and Summer Sundays] and connects with the northbound 0849 train from Leeds.This is an excellent walk for those at the Sedbergh end as use can be made of the bus to reach Cowgill /Dent Station and walk back at leisure. Back to Dentdale
Starting from either Dent Station or Lea Yeat [Cowgill] proceed down the steep Coal Road to Cowgill. Turn left to pass over Lea Yeat Bridge and then immediately right to follow the left hand bank of the River Dee. Passing through Ewedales Campsite and through a stile emerge on the minor road near Ewedales Bridge. Follow the minor road for approx ¼ mile looking for footpath sign at a large gate on the left. Pass through the gate and across a field going just to the right of a farm building and across a stile into the recently re planted Little Town plantation. Cross the plantation, following which the path goes around the house and across a paddock followed by yet another plantation.
On leaving the plantation
pass through a stile into a field progress down the left hand side of
a wall to reach a farm track. Crossing the farm track proceed across two
further fields and stiles to emerge at a walled track. Turn left up the
track to Hackersgill. Close to the house pass over a stile to go diagonally
across a paddock and a further stile. Turn right now following the edge
of the field and to the left hand side of the wall and to the rear of
Clint [a house]. Cross a bridge over a small stream and continue in the
same line through a farmyard and several fields until reaching the access
drive to Laithbank. Turn right down the drive to meet the minor road to
Dent. Turn left and progress along the road for ¼ mile carefully
watching for a footpath sign on the right at a gate [easily missed].
Turn right now proceeding
downhill across the field and bearing very slightly to the right and over
a small footbridge [easily missed] and then dropping down to meet the
River Dee. On the way notice the impressive cave with the stream emerging.
Cross the foot bridge over the river and follow the right hand bank for
¼ mile before reaching Tommy Bridge. Cross the River Dee again
and now on the left hand river bank the path goes through a gate and proceeds
diagonally across a small hillock to reach Mill Bridge and very briefly
back on to the minor road.
Cross Deepdale Beck by means of the road bridge and then immediately turn right down the path alongside Deepdale Beck. As the path levels out at the bottom turn left across the field with the wall to the left. Pass to the left hand side of Double Croft and then along clearly marked paths on the right hand side of Keld Beck. The path crosses the stream and runs alongside the playing field to arrive at Church Bridge. Turn left and follow the road into Dent village.
There are various hostelries
to choose from to break the journey including the Sun and George and Dragon
Inns and Stoneclose and Meadowside cafes. Dent Heritage Centre is worth
a visit if time permits.
Continue out of Dent along the road and after ¼ mile regain the riverside path. Follow the left hand bank of the River Dee along the well waymarked path passing the end of Barth Bridge. Continue along the well-marked path through several gates still on the left hand river bank. Eventually, the path departs from the river bank and climbs slightly uphill to join a minor road near Ellers. Bear right and follow the minor road to Lenacre for approximately ½ mile and turning right along a bridleway and over a footbridge to cross the River Dee for the final time. Continue along the bridleway to Gate Manor and the main road.
Cross the main road and
continue along the bridleway, a stony track to the right hand side and
rear of the manor. Bear left at a fork and proceed in a westerly direction
passing a farm. The well-marked path proceeds through some woodland and
a walled track to emerge on open pasture overlooking Sedbergh. Follow
the track across the pasture and a small stream to reach the walled track
into Millthrop. Turn right at the road and pass between the cottages to
turn left dropping down to the main road. Turn right and follow the main
road into Sedbergh crossing the River Rawthey.
The return bus departs from outside the Dalesman pub /Post Office. Be sure not to miss it! Note - If running late it should be possible to flag the bus down on the main road!
For current timetables see Western Dales Bus
This page was last updated on 01-May-2016
©John Carey 2010