26th February 2016

An afternoon walk over Dent

Time 1:35 to 3:35pm
Duration 2 hr
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent Somewhere around 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


I set off from Wath Bridge for a short walk close to home this afternoon. If you wanted to be really picky; most of the route is on the outside of the Lake District but it's a great little walk and the distance outside Lakeland isn't enough for us to fall out over.

It doesn't feel like a mile from here to there but who am I to argue with the sign.


The sun came out for a short while so it seemed daft not to take a picture looking ahead to Nannycatch Gate - - the lower ground in the centre of the picture.

That's the route for people doing the coast to coast walk.

For a short distance I walk through Uldale Bottom where it always seems to be overflowing with water; no matter what time of year I come here.

Blimey, it isn't half steep walking up this side of the fell. While I get my breath back I look across to Blakeley Rise where I walked on Tuesday afternoon.

Looking ahead to the top of Dent.

Looking behind I see Blakeley Rise, Whoap and Lank Rigg.

If you have an allergy to mud, you might want to come here during a long dry spell of weather.

Dent summit.

Ah well, the walking might have been good but the light was awful so the camera didn't get much use after this picture. Across there in among the haze is St Bees Head and the Irish Sea.

And to finish, two gates that go the same way, a stile with no steps and a signpost without a sign.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks