Walking in Dentdale
Walk 1 - Flintergill & West
Route: 6 Miles / 2½ - 3 Hours / Moderate
Start and Finish: Dent Parish Council Car Park at SD 703871 on the OS Explorer OL2 map.
Public Transport: Bus Service 564A, Kendal-Sedbergh-Dent (limited service).
This delightful circular scenic walk takes you up fascinating Flintergill and out onto the Occupation Road where, on a clear day, there are glorious panoramas along the dale and beyond. Passing beneath dramatic Combe Scar, winding back through the hamlet of Gawthrop and finishing along the River Dee. A walk for all tastes!
(1) From the car park pass to the left of The Memorial Hall, up Dragon Croft, straight on past the Meditation Centre and some pretty cottages until the road becomes a track and Flintergill proper begins. This is a steady climb, of about three quarters of a mile, through a wooded limestone ravine. The famously forthright Alfred Wainwright in his little book Walks in Limestone Country reckons that any walker is ...too far gone if they cannot manage this, and even further gone if they cannot enjoy every yard of it.
Today this part of the walk is also a Nature Trail, which passes Dancing Flags, A Wishing Tree, High Ground Farmstead and a restored Lime Kiln, all of which are detailed in an excellent free pamphlet Flintergill Outrake Nature Trail available from the Dent Heritage Centre. Be careful not to miss the final treat as the walled track opens out through a third wooden gate onto the open fell. Immediately to the right of the gate, about 50 yards or so up on a small ridge is a recently erected topograph which points out many of the viewing delights to come. The first of these, a splendid panorama of the Howgill Fells, Rise Hill and Great Knoutberry can be enjoyed from a superbly positioned bench a hundred yards further on at the very top of Flintergill.
(2) Passing through a final wooden gate you have now reached The Occupation Road. This old hill track or green road, connecting Barbondale and Kingsdale, dates back to