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Great Knoutberry Hill & Dent Head

Yorkshire Dales Walk

Nat Park - Yorkshire Dales - Three Peaks Country

County/Area - Cumbria & North Yorkshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 9.5 miles / 15.4 km    Ascent - 1800 feet / 545 metres

Time - 6 hours 30 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Walk Route Description

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This walk explores Great Knoutberry Hill and Upper Dentdale. The route follows good paths and initially crosses wild moorland to reach the summit of Great Knoutberry Hill (672 m.) which lies at the head of Dentdale. The walk descends to Arten Gill and continues south across Wold Fell to Newby Head from where a road is followed into Dentdale. The walk passes the Settle Carlisle Railway at a number of places and uses sections of the Pennine Bridleway and Dales Way.

The start is the Coal Road which runs from Dent station to Garsdale Station. Suitable parking is available where the Pennine Bridleway leaves the road to head south across the west flank of Great Knoutberry Hill (grid ref. SD780880). Go through the gate and follow the clear track, part of the Pennine Bridleway, southwest for 700 metres to reach sheep pens on the left (grid ref. SD777874). Turn left over a stile and pass through the pens to follow a path uphill with a fence on your left. The intermittent path leads to the summit of Great Knoutberry Hill and a trig column. Take time to enjoy a wonderful panorama of hills and valleys.

From the summit, descend beside the wall down to Arten Gill. Cross the stile onto a track and turn right. After 250 metres just before a gate (grid ref. SD792861), turn left along a track (Pennine Bridleway). Cross Arten Gill and continue uphill with a wall on your right. Continue across Wold Fell to reach a gate and start the descent. Initially the path runs between walls and then with wall on your left to drop down to a lane at Newby Head Gate (grid ref. SD790835).

Turn right downhill. After a short distance, the Dales Way comes in from the left. Continue under the railway and follow the lane round to the right with the arches of Dent Head Viaduct on your right. Continue along the lane down the beautiful valley for just under two kilometres to Stone House Bridge (grid ref. SD771859). Do not cross the bridge but take the farm access drive on the right with adjacent fingerpost Pennine Bridleway). Pass the farm and continue up alongside Arten Gill on a clear track soon passing beneath the soaring arches of Arten Gill Viaduct.

Continue up beside Arten Gill for two kilometres to reach the gate encountered earlier in the walk (grid ref. SD792861). Before the gate, turn left through a gate and follow the track, initially between walls, as it curves left to contour across the hillside. From Arten Gill you have three kilometres of relaxed walking back to the start with an excellent view down Dentdale on your left.

Other walks nearby

Walk 2409 The Upper Eden valley without a carmoderate12.0 miles
Walk 3135 Dentdale & Bleamoormoderate12.5 miles
Walk 2146 Deepdale Circular (near Dent)moderate7.0 miles
Walk 1052 Whernside & Dentdalemod/hard12.0 miles
Walk 3233 Dent & Gawthropeasy/mod6.0 miles
Walk 1384 Mallerstang Edgemoderate8.8 miles
Walk 2155 Mossdale & Cotterdaleeasy/mod7.9 miles
Walk 1160 Wild Boar Fell & Swarth Fellmoderate7.0 miles
Walk 1184 Whernside & Scales Moormoderate11.0 miles
Walk 3340 Blea Moor & Denthead from Ribbleheadmoderate8.2 miles

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