2nd June 2011

An evening walk on Dent


Walk Overview
Time 16.40 to 18.40
Duration 2 hr
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Wath Bridge - Nannycatch Road - Nannycatch Gate - Dent - Black How - Wath Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Wath Bridge, Cleator Moor

There isn't a huge selection of walks that can be done from here. In fact the only real option is Flat Fell and Dent. I know these can be walked by a few different routes, but that's about it.

One piece of useless information is that one of the fields next to the bridge is the western most point in the Lake District.


Route Map

It's about time we had an evening as nice as this. So, not wanting to miss out, I had a walk up Dent or Dint as we tend to call it around here.


After a short walk on the road, I came to the open fellside. This path takes you down to Nannycatch Gate.



Approaching Nannycatch Gate.

Looking along part of the coast to coast route.
It's a little difficult to make out, but there's actually a lady walking along the path. I assume she's walking the coast to coast and if she is, I'd suggest getting as far as Ennerdale and then getting a taxi to Robin Hood's Bay. She looked absolutely exhausted and by the way she was reluctantly placing her feet on the ground, she had obviously walked far enough for one day.

I took this picture looking down to Uldale Bottom from the start of the very steep route up Dent.



A view across to the Lakeland fells from what must be one of the steepest stiles I ever walk over.

A close up of the Sellafield site.


A look to Lakeland from the ruined wall next to the summit.

I think some of these stones would be better employed if they were used to make a pathway across the wet area near the summit.

You've got to be scorching hot with a thick coat like that on.

Looking back up to Dent summit.

There's only one word to describe the top section of this path "absolute mud bath"
"That's three words"
"OK, there are only three words, , , I didn't realise anyone was actually keeping count.

Surplus to requirements !


Back at Wath Bridge and time to go home for something to eat.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks