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Stile free Walk To Great Knoutberry Hill

Address: Cowgill

near Dent


LA10 5RJ

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Grid reference: SD 76091 86856

There is limited off street parking

Nearest Accessible toilets are in the village of Dent.

This 6 mile circular walk is suitable for a sturdy all terrain wheelchair such as the TerrainHopper.

Starting a Lea Yates Bridge, walk on the road to Stone House Farm. This is a narrow country lane which follows the contours of the river Dee. Takes the bridleway up Arten Gill, passing underneath the magnificent Arten Gill Viaduct, which is part of the Settle/Carlisle railway line. This track forms part of the Pennine Bridleway but was once the old drovers road from Wensleydale into Dentdale, and was used by locals to get to the market town of Hawes. Today it is a popular walking route and offers magnificent panoramic views over to Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent.

Further along the track is a crossroad in the tracks. Turn sharp left, taking the track that climbs up the Dent Fell. Though you are now on open access land, we strongly advise staying on the track as the ground is littered with shake holes, of which some are very deep and not clearly visible. Before crossing through the gate, there is the option to turn right and follow the boundary fence to reach the summit of Great Knoutberry Hill. There are no tracks to follow and the ground can be very uneven and boggy in places. I would only recommend only going to the summit if you are confident in your navigational skills and that your all terrain wheelchair can tackle the steepness and the marshy terrain.

Alternatively continue along the track, to the T Junction in the paths and turn left, joining back onto the Pennine Bridleway. The bridleway leads onto Coal Road, a quiet country lane. Follow the road back down to Cowgill, crossing over the railway bridge. Here is Dent Station, the highest railway station in England at 1,150 feet above sea level. Dent Station is on the Settle Carlisle Line and serves the town of Dent and Cowgill.

Map courtesy of Ordnance Survey


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