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 ' Cumbria's Hidden Dale.’

Dentdale has a wealth of natural treasures and cultural attractions to satisfy visitors in mind, body and soul. Just 10 miles in length, the dale stretches from Sedbergh in the west, to Dent Head in the east. Its northern slopes are known obviously as the ’sunny side’ and its southern slopes obscurely as the ’money side’.

The scenery is unique, created by the famous Dent Fault that has cleaved the dale in two, leaving a typical Lakeland landscape to the west and more rolling Dales-like countryside to the east. The centrepiece is the welcoming and charming village of Dent, with ancient cobbled streets and attractive stone cottages.

In Dentdale, you can get away from the pressures of every day life and enjoy a whole range of relaxing pleasures, amongst genuinely hospitable people – comfortable and welcoming accommodation, a refreshing walk, delicious home-made food and some fine local ales; with a local piece of craft to take home and remind you of your stay with us.



A living and working dale 
Dentdale offers a wonderful spectrum of outdoor activities from para-gliding to painting.

Ours is a living and working dale, where many crafts people continue the long tradition of hand-making beautiful goods.

After a delightful stroll, what could be more welcome than a delicious array of home-baked cakes and sticky buns, accompanied by a fresh pot of tea or coffee in one of our cafes and tea-rooms, or a visit to one of the local pubs, serving home cooked food and locally brewed ales.

A wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes is available – from luxury country house hotels, to comfortable B&Bs, self-catering cottages, campsites and camping barns.

There are high fell and low level walking for all ages, together with guided walks to explore the local history and natural history of this living, working dale, The Yorkshire Dales National Park organises discovery walks from Easter to October, led by local people on specialist topics.

Guided walks are also arranged from the Settle Carlisle Railway line.

You can cycle on and off-road, venture underground in one of the best and most extensive cave networks anywhere in the world, or take to the skies for some of the most exhilarating hang gliding in the country. Alternatively, you can let the horse do the work along the many bridleways, enjoy a spot of gentle angling in the River Dee or play golf on one of three great courses.

Local arts and crafts 
There are workshops dotted throughout Dentdale, producing items such as woollen knitwear and walking sticks, paintings, pottery and ceramics, jewellery, textiles and silverware, and furniture making. There is even a traditional working smithy in Dent village, which boasts many notable listed buildings, and in and around the dale are a number of historic houses. Should the scenic splendours not be sufficient for your relaxation, there is even a Meditation Centre in the village.

The Discover Dentdale Centre 
When you arrive in Dent – visit the Discover Dentdale Centre in Dent’s historic Norman church in the middle of the village to find out more about this fascinating, hidden dale, pick up walks guides and find out what’s on in the area during your visit.  

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