In a new series, Peter Cropper shares his pick of routes to walk in the North of England. This week, he wonders if he’s found the best view in the Dales.

Peter says: “This walk is approximately four miles and a straightforward trail starting from beautiful Dentdale.”

Start: Leave Dentdale at Arten Gill hamlet. There are parking spaces here, and parking is also possible at a nearby bend in the road.

Walk: Go through the gate and up the track which rises gently and goes under the viaduct.

Continue along the track. You’ll reach a signpost pointing in four different directions. Carry straight on here.

A short distance ahead, as the track is inclined to descend, turn left and follow the wall up. The wall and fence lead to the summit with its strange, short wall and trig point. Yorkshire’s Three Peaks – Whernside, Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough are all well displayed on the ascent. There is also a distant view of Pendle Hill in Red Rose territory.

Leave the summit in the same direction, following the fence down to the green lane. There are brilliant views into Dentdale, and below is Dent Station. This is England’s highest station and the station furthest away from the place it serves. Turn left along the lane.

The lane contours round, eventually returning to the point with the signpost visited earlier.

Turn right and retrace your steps to Arten Gill.

Dales map

By Peter Cropper 

Photos by Paul Hunter  ©