Time lords in Dentdale....

With its narrow, cobbled main street, white-walled cottages and ancient village church, set in a deep, narrow valley, Dent, in Cumbria, is one of the loveliest of Dales villages.,


Passing the Ribblehead viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway line you turn of the narrow hill roads to even narrower road, flanked with grasses, bracken and wild flowers. One noted was Bistort (Persicaria bistorta) not one we are use to seeing.






Walking through the cobbled streets of Dent - still known by its old name of Dent Town - you will find an art gallery, blacksmith's shop and a memorial fountain to its most famous son, geologist Professor Adam Sedgwick, 1785-1874. Sedgwick was the Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge University and one of the great founding fathers of the modern science of geology. He was a friend of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, teacher and later opponent of Charles Darwin and a great benefactor and historian of his native Dentdale.(LINK)




Locals gathered at the edge of the main road to watch the passing traffic





The twelfth century church of St. Andrew contains altar flagstones made from the beautiful black Dent marble, the area's most famous mining export. The working lives and social customs of local people since the sixteenth century - including the 'Terrible Knitters of Dent' - are revealed at the Dent Village Heritage Centre.



























 One of the most beautiful Dales villages I have re-visited, lost in time. The last photo is of the cobbled streets that run through the village, at this time of the year it is at it's best, but would be a long bleak place in winter, I would feel trapped by the huge hills touching the sky line on all sides.


If you get chance to catch the train, please take time to get of a Dentdale... 

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  1. What a beautiful and interesting village Amanda - the photos are so atmospheric especially the black and whites ones :) The church looks fascinating and really would love to visit especially with the Adam Sedgwick connection!!!!! Love the stones will the succulents in them - an unusual idea! We have a cultivated version of bistort round our sundial - it is such a pretty flower.

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  2. Dent is somewhere I have camped in the past. It was early May and freezing. Very windy.! There were a couple of good pubs to keep toasty in I renember. Lovely pictures. X

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  3. Thanks RR, it is a stunning place one which could do with more time spent there, the narrow road to the village are NARROW, dad was driving so steady away , they have been here quite a few times. We were very luck to meet the odd car at passing points.
    There are many stunning walks heading out of the village, a waterfall, lime kilns and The wishing tree all to be found.
    Would quite like to go back in winter to see how barren it looks, we missed visiting the Heritage centre as we passed it on the way out, so another reason to go back.
    Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks Shazza, I find anywhere past Skipton windy, as well as were I live now next to Leeds / Bradford Airport....
      We had lunch in the Sun inn, very nice food and it had a big log fire (not lit) drinking here would go on late into the night , especially on cold ,wet , windy days..
      Amanda xx

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  4. Lovely, just lovely. I was telling someone the other day that I really want to get back to England and the British Isles, and see more of the smaller towns and countryside. London was great, but I know there's so much more to see! Dent looks like a quaint, comfortable place.

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    1. Thanks PP, you would have a lovely time in Yorkshire and the surrounding area, so many little villages to descover.
      Amanda 🐰🐰

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  5. What a beautiful place, i've never been to Cumbria I don't think!

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    1. Thanks Pam, to be honest I had not realised it was in Cumbria, as we class it as been up the road from were we live...
      You can catch the train from Leeds and go for the day , plus it's such a lovely line to travel on.

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  6. What a beautiful village. Just love the whitewashed cottages and all the little details like the coal hole! Don't like the sound of the narrow road to get to it though - will just have to visit via your photos. x

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    1. Thanks Julie, I would like to go again and have another look round, it did remind me of Holy Island without the sea ! There are many places in the area to discover.
      Amanda xx

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  7. I've been in the SedgwickMuseum a couple of times but had no idea he came from this area. It looks a village so full of history and tradition, your photos are wonderful:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie , I'm a bit miffed we missed visiting the Heritage centre, as I don't know much about Adam Sedgwick, I will have to have a proper look at the life of this man.
      Amanda xx

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    2. What a beautiful and interesting village. A couple of photos look familiar, I think I may have made a very brief stop there on the way to Ingleton about 4 years ago but didn't really explore... definitely somewhere I'd like to visit :)

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    3. Thanks Louise, it is very possible you have been through here on your way to Ingleton, my nana lived in Ingleton so I spent a lot of time in the area.
      Amanda xx

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  8. What a truly beautiful village.
    I love the series of photographs, especially the ones in black and white too, they work really well.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, a very special place, black and white photos work well when the photo isn't as sharp or its a dull day...
      Amanda xx

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