Dent & Dentdale
A walk through Dent village, with its centuries old whitewashed cottages, cobbled streets and beckoning alleyways has a timeless quality. In the village centre you'll find pubs, cafes and our local shop Dent Stores - which stocks all your basic foodstuffs such as bread and milk, daily newspapers and tobacco products.
Dentdale is an unspoilt and peaceful valley located on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales - its quiet lanes, riverside walks, and fellside bridleways making it a perfect base for walking, cycling or just relaxing. Within close proximity to both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District, and with the Settle-Carlisle Railway passing through Dent Station (England's highest) to provide access to the stunning views and landscapes between Settle and Carlisle, there are many great days out to be experienced.
Dent is the birthplace of Adam Sedgwick - the father of modern geology, who is commemorated by the Shap granite fountain in the village centre. It was also famous for its thriving hand-knitting industry, Dent Marble and Quaker connections. The history and customs of the dale are explored in great detail at the Dent Village Heritage Centre and Museum here at High Laning.
St. Andrew's Church, dating from Norman times and The Meditation Centre provide places of quiet contemplation, while at Dent Smithy you may be able to catch a glimpse of our local blacksmith at work. Both Dent Methodist Chapel and Dent Memorial Hall hold regular community events such as fundraising, jumble sales and coffee mornings.
Exploring the upper dale reveals the hamlet of Cowgill with its infamous hill to Dent Station, and St John's Church which is open daily for those who wish to have a quiet moment, pray or even to warm up with a cup of coffee/tea.
A little further up the dale you reach The Sportsman's Inn and the hamlet of Stonehouse - home to the historic site of the Dent Marble works with its stunning backdrop of Arten Gill viaduct.
The Cowgill 'Shufflers'
The Cowgill Shufflers meet at 10am each Sunday, normally at Riverview or Stonehouse Bridge. The group adapts to accommodate the weather and everyone’s fitness levels. Newcomers are always welcome whatever their personal aspirations, whether it be just starting out with a walk-jog or something more ambitious.