Getting to Dentdale by car

Get to Dentdale by carDriving to Dentdale is surprisingly easy. However, if you are not used to narrow, winding country lanes you will need to adapt your driving once in Dentdale and be prepared to give way to oncoming vehicles at suitable passing points. If you are travelling in a large vehicle, including motor homes, please see the important note below about getting to Dent.

From the West (via M6)

Dent village is only 10 miles (allow 20 minutes) from Junction 37 on the M6. Just follow the signs from the junction, via Sedbergh.

From the South (via A65)

There are three routes to Dentdale off the A65 (Skipton to Kendal road).

1 From Settle. Turn off the A65 and go through the town. Turn right onto the B6479 to Horton in Ribblesdale. Continue to Ribblehead Viaduct and turn right onto the B6255 towards Hawes. After five miles turn left (signposted Dent and Sedbergh) into the top of Dentdale.

2 From Ingleton. Turn off the A65 following signs for Hawes (B6255). Continue to Ribblehead Viaduct. After five miles turn left (signposted Dent and Sedbergh) into the top of Dentdale.

3 From Kirkby Lonsdale. Turn off the A65 just east of the town onto the A683 signposted Sedbergh. After approximately 3 miles turn right to Barbon (stone waymarker ‘main road to Barbon’). Continue through the village past the Barbon Inn and church. This narrow road climbs gently through the valley of Barbondale before descending steeply into Dentdale, via the hamlet of Gawthrop. For Dent village turn right over the bridge at Gawthrop and, after a short distance, right again at the next T-junction. (To avoid the narrow road beyond Barbon you can stay on the A683 as far as Sedbergh and then follow signs for Dent).

From the North East

Take the A685 Kirkby Stephen turning off the A66 (Scotch Corner to Penrith road). Go through the town and climb up the hill past the station. After approximately half a mile, turn left onto the A683 signposted to Sedbergh. In Sedbergh, at the mini-roundabout, turn left for Dentdale.

Other routes into Dentdale

The route off the A684 Hawes to Sedbergh road, from Garsdale Head past Dent Station to Cowgill in upper Dentdale, offers magnificent panoramic views in good weather. However it should not be attempted in poor weather, especially in the winter, as it can be snowbound and the descent into Dentdale is very steep.

The route off the A65 Skipton to Kendal road, from Thornton in Lonsdale near Ingleton to Dent via Kingsdale, is gated with a very steep descent into Dentdale.

Approximate driving times to Dent:

Manchester: 1 hour 45 minutes

Leeds: 2 hours 5 minutes

Newcastle: 2 hours 5 minutes

Glasgow: 2 hours 35 minutes

Sheffield: 2 hours 45 minutes

Birmingham: 2 hours 55 minutes

London: 5 hours 10 minutes

(Source: AA Route Planner)

Important note for large vehicles including motor homes

Due to small bridges, tight bends and/or narrow, steep roads on other routes into Dentdale, we recommend that you only access Dentdale via Sedbergh.