Dent and Howgill Walks Using The 564A Western Dales Bus Service
Dentdale is one of the best walking areas in the Yorkshire Dales although these days an incursion into Cumbria! Intentionally, the following walks are focused on those which can be attempted from public transport mostly using the 564A Saturday and summer Sundays Western Dales Bus service from Dent Station although most can be done as circular walks from a parked car possibly also using the bus service. I have also included expeditions into the Howgills, an area which really deserves a section in its own right and now easily accessible from the bus/train To Contents
Stop Press: The 564A Dent Bus is now running a Winter timetable with departing Dent Sta at 1020 and returns from Sedbergh to the station at 1650. This allows for an excellent walk in the Howgills!
Dent Station on the Settle Carlisle railway line [the highest mainline station in England] lies at the head of the valley and nearly 5 miles from the village it serves! The only bus connection is the Saturday and summer Sunday 564A service which meets the 0849 northbound service from Leeds arriving in Dent village at about 1035 and Sedbergh at 1050. The return bus is 1650 from Sedbergh and 1705 from Dent village. The 1455 from Sedbergh runs as far as Dent village only so why not stop off in Dent before catching the last bus to the station? The bus is waiting in the access road to the station and will wait 10 minutes or so for a late running train. This has to be one of the highest bus stops in the county at 1100ft!
Information: Equipment: All walks have significant exposure even in Summer. Full equipment including boots, waterproofs, map and compass would be advisable
Maps: Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 19 - Howgill Fells and the Upper Eden Valley 1:25,000 and Outdoor Leisure 2 -Yorkshire Dales- Southern and Western Areas 1:25,000
Travel Information: www.northernrail.org- Leeds-Settle-Carlisle timetable - National Rail enquiries Tel 08457 484950
Train services (Mon -Sat) - Normal morning departure is the Leeds 0849 Shipley 0902 arriving at Dent at 1016. The usual return trains from Dent toward Leeds are 1540 [Sat], 1732 or last train 1920 [Mon -Sat].
Settle Carlisle Partnership a useful website run by the Settle Carlisle Development Company and the Friends of The Settle Carlisle with links to other sites.
Buses:- The 564A bus service is currently operated by the community-run Western Dales Bus and runs Saturdays throughout the year from Dent Station with a service on Sunday and Bank Hoilday Mondays in the summer to be confirmed in 2015. For timetable information please see Western Dales Bus http://www.dalesbus.org/564A.html or www.dalesbus.org for service updates.
The 564A service has now been assured to run into the foreseeable future. This is an excellent means of reaching Dent Village or Sedbergh whether to walk or visit the pubs, cafes and heritage centre. The main Saturday bus times at the time of writing are
Depart Dent Station 1020 [connects with the 0849 from Leeds and runs through to Kendal] and 1750
Depart Sedbergh to Dent Station 0945 1650 [connects with the return train to Leeds]
Depart Dent to Dent Station 0950 1705 [connects with the return train to Leeds]
The Winter timetable commenced on 8th November2014 the principal change being the increased service between Sedbergh and Kendal and additional return to Dent village
For practical purposes the usual departure from Dent Sta will be the 1020. The bus will wait for up to 10 min for a late running train. Please consult the timetable
The Dent bus is a success story. Having been threatened with closure by Cumbria CC in April 2011 a rescue package was quickly mounted by Dent Parish Council and the service is currently funded by a consortium of parish councils using volunteer drivers with support from DITA. The Western Dales Bus was formed.
Watch the video Dent to Cowgill in 2 Minutes taken at the time the service was under serious threat of removal.
Whilst there is a Wednesday service from Cowgill to Kendal run by Woofs of Sedbergh this does not run to the station or provide a connection to the rail service.
The 564 service from Kirkby Stephen - Sedbergh - Kendal operated by Cumbria CC has now been discontinued being partly replaced on a Saturday by the 564A
Another useful bus enabling a longer linear walk across Middleton Fells or Gragareth is the 581 service from Kirkby Lonsdale via Ingleton to Settle. This leaves Kirkby Lonsdale at 1655 on a Saturday. Some clock watching is necessary to meet this service.
A useful link for travel services in the Dales- www.traveldales.org.uk -This includes all bus and train services
Cumbria bus times can be located through Cumbria Bus Timetables
Village Heritage Centre is worth a visit whilst in Dent and open from 11.00am
until 4.00pm 7 days a week tel 015396 25800. Discounts for holders of bus tickets
are offered at many of the local establishments. Look for the discount sticker.
Weather The weather forecast and current weather conditions (including cloud level) can be obtained from Metcheck which gives the forecast and current conditions for the nearby Whernside range of hills. Also see Ribblehead weather station up to the minute status of the local weather at nearby Ribblehead. Another useful forecast service for the Yorkshire Dales is provided by the Met Office
Pubs and Cafes -There are two pubs in Dent these being The George and Dragon and the Sun Inn. The George and Dragon is renowned as serving the full range of Dent Brewery ales. The brewery is based in Cowgill at the head of the valley. The Sun Inn is full of character and stock a selection of Hambleton Ales. Both are recommended for a visit whilst waiting for the return bus!.
Dent village also two tea rooms on the main street these being Meadowside Cafe and Stone Close . The General Store is located near the church.
The Sportsmans Inn [015396 25282] in Cowgill - the top end of Dentdale is a hidden gem welcoming walkers and passers-by The pub has a good selection of real ales and bar food. Whilst it is always best to phone in advance to check on opening times it is understood that the pub is open most days including afternoons.
There are a few pubs and cafes in Sedbergh. My favourite cafe is the Howgills Tea Room halfway along the main street - excellent quality and value - whilst the Dalesman pub is situated next to the bus stop. The Bull Hotel is situated on the main street and the Red Lion just around the corner on Finkle Street.
Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should consult the relevant OS map.
This page was last updated on 03-Jan-2015
© John Carey 2010
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