Dentdale

Name of walk Dentdale
Date of walk 2018-02-09
Distance walked (miles) 5
Duration of walk 3 hours 0 minutes
Weather Blue skies, cold.
Peaks on walk None
Walked with Ged
Parking Bridge over River Rawthey, Sedbergh.

This is the first walk that I have done with Ged since July, as he has been ill. So today’s walk is just a gentle stroll in nice surroundings. We head for the Yorkshire Dales and Sedbergh, to do a circular walk into the Dentdale Valley.

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Looking over towards the Pennines.

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We parked by the bridge over the River Rawthey.

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We take the footpath beside the river towards Birks, which goes across a field and then through woods. A couple of arches from an old structure.

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Snowdrops in the wood.

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The Pepperpot. It was part of the Akay Estate and built after 1893 as an isolation house for the owner's daughter, who had Tuberculosis, to live in. She survived for three years. The last resident was a master at Sedbergh School who lodged there in 1931. 1n 1948 a cow forced its way in and up the spiral staircase. It took five men with ropes to get it out. The upper floor was then removed to prevent the same thing happening again. The Pepperpot was fully restored in 2015 and still belongs to the school.

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The view down to Sedbergh from the Pepperpot.

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Today it was locked.

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With all the rain we have had in the past few days all the tracks were very muddy.

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We cross back over the river and through a golf course.

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River Dee.

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The start of the Dentdale Valley.

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The single track road on the southern bank of the River Dee.

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We cross back over at Brackengill. This last section of the walk was the beginning of a walk I did with bell ringers on our soggy walk all the way to Dent.

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Larry, Curley and Moe!

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View up the Dentdale Valley.

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We cross the main road to Dent. We are now on the Dales Way, so the paths are much improved.

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We start to gain some height.

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We head towards Millthrop.

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Looking back down on Sedbergh. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Ged.

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An ornate ridge roof tile outside one of the properties as we head into Millthrop.

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I remember there being a converted Methodist Chapel (right) next door to a converted Anglican Chapel with the Chapel House between them.

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Converted Anglican Chapel.

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Millthrop.

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Last time I was here the Wellie-boot dog was out on the street. A few minutes further on is the car. The walk was just over five miles and took three hours. We now drive the car to Dent.

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Dent. We will later frequent the cafe on the left.

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It always surprises me to see cars drive into the village along its narrow, cobbled lanes, but it is the main access route further east.

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St. Andrews Church, Dent, has six bells accessed through the tower door on the left. Today the church is cordoned off, due to tree felling.

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Adam Sedgwick, one of the founders of modern geology, was born in Dent.

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The Reading Room, and red phone box...a rarity these days.

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Now those two buildings must be joined together!

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The inside of the Stone Close cafe. They have an old fashioned cash register.

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Ged outside the cafe.

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View up to the hills, out of the sun so still frosty.

The start of the walk was a bit on the muddy side, but other than that a good little walk.

Jo.

 

 

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