Walking in Dentdale
Walk 2 - Great Knoutberry Hill
Route: 7 Miles / 4 Hours / Moderate
Start and Finish: Dent Station Car Park at SD 764875 on the OS Explorer OL2 map.
By Bus: Bus Service 564A, Kendal-Sedbergh-Dent (limited service).
By Rail: Regular trains from both Leeds and Carlisle.
This classic walk in Upper Dentdale will take you up over the top of Great Knoutberry Hill earning you terrific panoramic views of the Dentdale and Widdale valleys, and the Howgill Fells. On a clear day you'll be able to see the magnificent Three Peaks with Pendle Hill in the distance, and the mountains of the Lake District in the west. Returning via the magnificent viaduct at Arten Gill and the pretty hamlet of Stonehouses.
(1) Turn right out of the car park and head up the hill towards the bridge over the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway, where there is a birdseye view of Dent Station - the highest in England at 1150 feet above sea level.
(2) Continue up the Coal Road towards a forest of conifers, looking out for an old Royal Observer Corp bunker (now privately owned) on the left. As you climb higher look back to see the beautiful eastern end of the Dentdale valley opening up below.
(3) As the road begins to level off turn right through a gate onto a bridleway. This bridleway was used by the now abandoned Cross Pit Colliery on the lower slopes of Great Knoutberry to transport coal onto the Coal Road. Walk along this path for a short distance, taking in the views across to Whernside and Crag Hill.
(4) At the first gate there is the option to continue on the level bridleway to Point 10. However to enjoy spectacular panoramic views turn left through a wooden gate with an Open Access signboard on it into a sheep fold. Continue through several more gates (following the arrow signs) with the last gate opening onto the fell side. Keeping the fence and arrow signs on your left continue up the hill towards a series of cairns on Pikes Edge.