Dentdale and Sedbergh
Dentdale is found at the western end of the National Park. The dale’s steep-sided valley contrasts beautiful meadows and lush riverside pastures with the sparser grassy upland of the fells.
Dent station, the highest mainline station in England and part of the Settle-Carlisle railway, offers a great overview of the valley as it connects Ribblesdale in the south with the Eden Valley in the north. Impressive viaducts at Dent Head and Arten Gill carry the railway above the dale before plunging into long black tunnels at either side of the dale.
At the western most extent of the Yorkshire Dales National Park lie the Howgill Fells, once described by A.Wainright as looking like a ‘herd of sleeping elephants’.
Journey up the Rawthey Valley to the east side of these hills and you’ll find a hidden gem in Cautley Spout; a waterfall that provides a great backdrop to the Cross Keys Temperance Inn, a pub with no beer!
Further east, discover the sparsely settled Garsdale with its wide extent of Open Access land on Baugh Fell to its north, and the Settle Carlisle Railway line at its head.
South of the Howgill Fells lies the main town of Sedbergh, England’s first 'Book Town'.