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    Dent and the Dales Way

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    10.5 km
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    380 m
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    Dent and the Dales Way

    The Dent and Dales Way is a wonderful walking route in Yorkshire Dales National Park that climbs up the hillside for beautiful views overlooking the valley. Along the trail, you will make your way up a steep ascent to take in the views of Dentdale and the surrounding mountains before traversing the hillside on the riverside return into the village. This is a varied trail with beautiful views, making it a great option for walkers of all types.

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    Route Description for Dent and the Dales Way

    If you are after wonderfully scenic valley views that will only require a small amount of effort to enjoy, then the Dent and the Dales Way is a great option for you to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. In terms of challenging terrain, there is only one fairly steep ascent near the beginning of the route, making the rest a downhill breeze where you can simply enjoy the views. The route is also a bit exposed, so be sure to pack an extra layer in the event of inclement weather.

    Setting out from the trailhead in Dent, you will head to the southwest and immediately begin climbing up the steep slopes of Great Coum, walking alongside Flinter Gill as the terrain transitions from open countryside to rugged moor. Enjoy the beautiful views across Dentdale before meeting up with Occupation Road. Follow this west to traverse the hillside, eventually heading downhill towards Barbondale Road.

    Make your way to the northwest here to skirt around the lower slopes of Combe Top, enjoying some more amazing valley views as you head downhill to eventually arrive at the banks of the River Dee. Once there, turn to the southeast and follow along the river as it cuts across the lush valley floor to bring you back to the trailhead in the village of Dent.

    Getting to the Dent and the Dales Way Trailhead

    To get to the trailhead for the Dent and the Dales Way from Sedbergh, head south on Loftus Hill for 1.1 km and make a slight right to continue on for 0.8 km. Keep straight on Moser Hill Brow for 5.1 km and continue on Hall Road for 125 m before making a right. After 1.0 km, continue straight onto Laning for 0.3 km to find the car park on the left.

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      Yes - On Leash

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      Older Children only

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