A Little About The Area...
Dentdale is an ideal base for those wishing to walk the numerous high or low paths along its 10 miles. These can be taken right from the door! The famous Dalesway is close by.
Close to home, and providing a dramatic backdrop to the market town of Sedbergh is 'Winder' rising to 1552 feet and probably the most accessible of the Howgill peaks. Another nearby beautiful location is Cautley Spout where a walk from the road takes you to England's highest waterfall above ground. And if you're feeling really energetic, you can attempt the famous 'Three Peaks' namely Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent.
Just a short ride away you can enjoy the 4.5 mile Waterfall Trail at nearby Ingleton.
For the avid cyclist, the National Cycleway passes through Dentdale as does the Lakes-Dales Loop.
For the motorist, north, east, south or west, you can’t go wrong, this is beautiful countryside surrounded by fells and river dales.
The famous Settle-Carlisle Railway runs through the head of the dale with the famous Ribblehead, Denthead and Arten Gill viaducts all nearby. Dent station being the highest mainline railway station in England and you can take a picturesque day trip to Carlisle from here.
For those who don’t wish to travel far, this is an awesome place to gain inspiration for artists, writers and photographers.
In Sedbergh, visit Farfield Mill, a restored Victorian woollen mill to see or indeed purchase beautiful textiles and craftwork. Call at Brigflatts, the oldest Quaker meeting house in the north, built in 1675 and retaining many of its original oak furnishings and simplicity or simply explore the book town's olde worlde charm with its narrow streets, historic houses and quaint yards.
Take an underground tour of Ingleborough Cave and discover a labyrinth of natural passages.
Star-gazing - Bring your Google Skymap and identify the stars; discover the Milky Way, planets and meteors in the dark unpolluted skies above us.
A few nearby towns and villages are:
- Dent – A delightful unspoilt village with cobbled streets and stone cottages. Superb nature trail and heritage museum.
- Sedbergh – Public school town nestled below the Howgills. England’s first book town, ideal for browsing through the bookshops.
- Hawes – Market town famous for Wensleydale cheeses, rope making and Dales Countryside Museum. A tourist honey-pot!
- Ingleton – Small town lying below Ingleborough (one of the famous Three Peaks). Labyrinth of caves and potholes to explore such as the spectacular Ingleborough cave. Also lovely circular walk which passes a series of dramatic waterfalls.
- Kirkby Lonsdale – A pretty bustling market town with boutique shops, cafés and the stunning ‘Ruskin’s View’ riverside walk.
- Kendal – Largest town in the region and popular hub for shoppers. Gateway to the Lakes with fine museums and an Arts Centre.
- Second Saturday in March - Dentdale Run
- Second Saturday each month - Barbon Antiques Fair
- 15th April - Karaoke Night - Red Lion, Sedbergh
- 16th/17th April - Cumbria Easter Rally - Kirkby Stephen & Brough
- 17th April - Easter Sunday Dawn Service, Summit of Winder, 6.00am
- 30th April - Second Hand Book Fair -People's Hall, Sedbergh
- 7th May-Dentdale Choir Spring Concert, 7.3opm
- 21st May - Sedbergh Gala Day - Lupton field
- 28th May - Artisan Street Market, Sedbergh
- 28th May - Westmorland Country Fest, Show- Ground, Milnthorpe
- 9th-13th June - Appleby Horse Fair
- 15th-26th June - Sedbergh Music Festival, events each day in St. Andrew's Church
- 25th June - Artisan Street Market, Sedbergh
- 23rd July - St. Andrew's Summer Fair 10am-4pm
- 30th July - Artisan Street Market, Sedbergh
- 27th August - Artisan Street Fair, Sedbergh
- 7th/8th Sept - Westmorland County Show, show Ground, Milnthorpe
- 17th Sept - Artisan Street Market, Sedbergh
- 19th Nov - St. Andrew's Christmas Fair, Sedbergh