Dent To Kirkby Lonsdale over Middleton Fells

Walk 13 - A strenuous walk from Dent to Kirkby Lonsdale - 11 miles - 5 hours - By train and bus only - A fabulous walk over Middleton Fells starting from Dent Village and ascending Coombe Top, Calf Top, Castle Knott and Eskholme Pike before a walk across the fields from Barbon via Devil's Bridge to finish at Kirkby Lonsdale market place. Best attempted in good conditions using the Saturdays only 564A Dent bus and returning to Settle on the 581 service bus. Note the time constraints and it is necessary to reach Kirkby Lonsdale before 1655


Catch the 1020 bus from Dent station [Saturdays only] to the village. From the bus stop walk away from the village for 100m and turn left into High Lanings campsite. Turn right immediately before a barn and over a stile. Proceed diagonally up the hill towards Mill Beck Farm. Passing between the buildings head for a gate. Immediately through the gate bear diagonally left uphill through a succession of 5 fields [look carefully for the stiles]. The path eventually crosses a stile into a wooded ravine. Down to the bottom of the ravine cross the stone bridge and retrace steps of the other side climbing around the bank to get to High House. The path passes to the right of the farm buildings and then joins the farm track for the next 1/4 mile or so.

Eventually the farm track reaches the minor road from Gawthrop to Barbon. Turn left uphill for 1/4 mile or so. Turn right at a footpath sign. This crosses open pasture dropping down to a new stile. After passing through the stile bear left up hill. The main path bears right around the contour of the hill but continue upwards where there is a gate. Pass through the gate a still upwards look for another gate.

Now on the open pasture above Coombe Scar follow the shoulder of hill up to Coombe Top. There is a stile near the intersection of two walls. Cross the stile and follow the crest of the hill with the wall on the left. The trig point at Calf Top will come into view. Continue onwards, the path leaving the fence to proceed downwards over open fell along a well used path. The path now gains height to reach the cairn at Castle Knott. Now bearing slightly right and in a south westerly direction head downhill towards Eskholme Pike. The views here are excellent. Take care on the steep slope and cross the stile over the wall to the left. Now in the parkland for Barbon Manor proceed south towards the village. Join the estate road and cross the beck to meet the minor road close to the church.


Through a stile and cross the field to a stile in a copse [in the middle of the field]. Turn left along an enclosed bridleway and then right through a gate. The path crosses a field and across the driveway of a house to emerge at a minor road. Turn right and follow the lane for 400m or so. At a bend the path turns left through two small fields to meet Low Bank House. Pass to the left of the buildings and turn left along a track.

Then turn right into a large area of park land. Heading for the middle of the field with Whelrigg House on the left to meet a stile [keep an eye open for this]. Cross the estate road and through trees on the other side to another stile emerging at a field. Then cross a succession of four fields looking out for the stiles to emerge at a minor road. Cross the road at and pass through the garden at Fell Garth. Cross a small bridge and upwards slight through a stile. Now with the wall on the right proceed across 4 field passing the rear of Hole House. At Langthwaite turn right and along the house access track proceed for 1/4 mile to a road junction . Continue straight on under the old railway bridge to emerge in the centre of Casterton.

Turn right along the main road. After 1/4 mile at the golf course turn left along Laitha Lane, a bridleway. After a short while take the right hand fork. At the caravan park turn right passing between the caravans and in front of the shop. The path drops down a grassy hillside between the static homes to a gate and thence onto a minor road. Cross the main Sedbergh Road and over Devils Bridge a popular beauty spot. Shortly over the far side of the bridge there is a footpath into the town centre emerging at the market square.

There are a few hostelries the most popular being the Snooty Fox with a beer garden at the rear. In addition there are a few tea rooms in Kirkby Lonsdale. The 581 bus [Little Red Bus] leave the market place at 1650 on Saturdays. As this is the last bus be sure not to miss it! Alight in Settle Market Place.

The 564A service has now been assured 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 Saturday bus times at the time of writing are depart Dent Sta 1020, and on the return Sedbergh 1500, 1650 or depart Dent village 1515, 1705. Please consult the timetable

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This page was last updated on 26-Oct-2014


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