Rise Hill from Dent Station

Walk 1 - Rise Hill [556m] from Dent Station or Dent - 9 miles [one way] - 4.5 hours - An excellent walk over gentle fells with good views and little prospect of meeting anybody! A good walk for when the other fells are shrouded in mist however due to the limited bus service this can only really be undertaken on Saturday unless doing a 14 mile circuit! The walk can be either accomplished starting at Dent village or Dent station. I have described the latter below in order to have the opportunity of spending some time in Dent . Back to Dentdale

The walk uses the Saturdays only Dent Station - Dent Village bus link which is timed to fit in with the northbound morning train service arriving in Dent at about 1020 - This is an excellent service which continues to Kendal via Sedbergh. Note: as mentioned above this would be a 14 mile circuit if the bus service is not used.

From Dent Station walk down the steep road to Cowgill. At the T junction turn right towards Dent and continue for 400m or so. Just before Cowgill Church turn right up a dead end lane with the stream on left, This is in fact the bridleway to Garsdale. The tarmac soon disappears and becomes a steep rough track proceeding up through the trees. The gradient eases a bit as the views open out to see Dent Station on the other side of the valley! Progress to the top of the hill through a gate. The track is deeply rutted by 4x4 vehicles which have now been prohibited. Shortly after the gate there is a new stile in a corner of the open rough pasture. Turning left proceed uphill with the fence on the right to meet the edge of a plantation. Cross to the other side of the wall and over another stile. This is the top of Snaizewold Fell and a limestone outcrop. For the next 2.5 miles the path will follow the right hand side of the wall and after a slight uphill the trig point of Aye Gill Pike will come into view on the other side of the wall. This is a good place to stop.

On leaving the trig point continue along the right hand side of the wall for another 1.5 miles. This proceeds generally downhill with a stile enroute. As the track levels out just after a lone tree turn left through a gate and onto a bridleway. Pass through another gate and as the track bears right down hill look for a small gate in the wall. Cross a small stream followed by rough pasture with the wall on the right. This passes through a gate at the top of a slight incline with some trees just in front known as Roantree. At this point bear right down the hill to a ford and then pick up a farm track closely following the stream towards Hining Hall. Passing through a gate at the bottom of the hill turn sharp left through a sheep pen.

Cross four fields and the final stile being located within some trees with a waymarker nearby. Bear left for 200m or so along the track leading from High Barth passing to one side of the stone barn. Look for a stile on the left - sometimes difficult to spot. Now pass through a further four fields usually containing small ponies. There is a recently constructed lake to encourage wildlife enroute. The path now descends towards High Hall an impressive stone farmhouse sadly in poor repair. Pass through the gate to the right of the farm house and through the farmyard. Now proceed along the farm track down to the lane at the bottom. Turn left. After 300m look for a stile in the wall and turn right to follow the river. The path emerges at Church Bridge. Turn right and follow the road into Dent for refreshment in one of the several cafes or two pubs.

An alternative would be to carry straight on along the crest of the hill crossing Frostrow Fell to get to Sedbergh. This meets a farm access road at Side farm however there a number of footpaths which could be used to avoid a road walk into Sedbergh and perhaps follow the CloughRiver to garsdale Bridge and then the Rawthey. The distance either way is about the same.

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This page was last updated on 01-Jan-2017

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