Dentdale is at the western end of the National Park. The dale’s steep-sided valley contrasts beautiful flower-filled 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, dark tunnels at either side of the dale.
At the top of Dentdale lies Cowgill and Stone House. These small hamlets have between them, a fine chapel, a pub – the Sportman’s Inn – and campsite.
Further down the valley lies the main town – Dent. Here you will find varied types of accommodation, a village shop, pubs – the Sun Inn and George and Dragon – and cafés such as Stone Close Café. June sees Dent bursting at the seams as visitors flock to the annual Dentdale Music & Beer Festival. From Dent, the River Dee then continues on its journey westwards to meet the River Rawthey close to Sedbergh.
Walking and cycling
Dentdale offers great walking including the Dales Way which follows the river and some superb higher level traverses such as the Occupation Road above Dent. The quiet roads in the valley are also a great introduction to cycling in the area.