Dales Way – Day 4 – Dipper Day

We left Cowgill behind and headed out into the sunshine walking alongside the River Dee. It was good to be lucky and see a dipper or two in the first few miles. We went by the road to Dent Station (oddly named as it is 5 miles from Dent), and headed off towards Laithbank. This section included lots of isolated and abandoned barns. We carried on along the River Dee and saw goldfinches and the occasional dipper busy feeding in the river.

The route passes by the small village of Dent and we took a detour and visited the very pretty village shop and stocked up on crisps and a sausage roll. Dent reminded us of a film set with cobbled streets and old shop signs. Today was going to be a long distance day as we were heading for the other side of Sedbergh. The Howgills were coming into view now and we pressed on passing by Millthrop and Birks (the name and location of one of “houses” of the famous Sedbergh School.

The next 2 miles were tough going, but we finally reached our B&B Ash Hining Farm for the night after walking 16.1 miles and were treated to tea and an excellent red wine and chocolate cake. The owner kindly gave us a lift into Sedbergh. A very pleasant meal was had at the Al Forno Italian Kitchen in Sedbergh – highly recommended.


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