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A circular walk in Dentdale
Distance 9.25 or 6.59 miles; time about 3 hr 30 min or 4 hr 30 min

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This walk offer two possibilities. The full walk follows the Dales Way alongside the River Dee to Dillicar. There then follows a climb up the fellside with panoramic views across Dentdale and on to Stone Rigg. The path now follows Green Lane to the sign for Nun House. The homeward trek is down the stony path to Mill Bridge and so back to Dent again following the Dales Way (distance 9.25 miles).
Alternatively the walk can be shortened by returning to Dent alongside Flinter Gill (distance 6.59 miles).
There are two pubs in Dent: The Sun Inn and The George & Dragon; both are open all day.
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The Sun Inn Sun Inn Dent

The walk starts at Church Bridge. From the car part in Dent walk through the church grounds and follow the road to the bridge. The FP is along the Dales Way firstly to Barth Bridge and then on to where the FP meets the road close to Dillicar. The walk is straightforward; the walker encountering a series of gates, stiles and footbridges. (60 min)

Turn left at the road for 400 yd. The FP (to Stone Rigg and Bower Bank) starts to the left of the barn with a sharp left before the cottage. Follow the farm track uphill, keeping to the left of the ruin, continue to the gate leading onto the farm track at Bower Bank. Turn right and follow the track bypassing Tofts to Combe House. The path now goes along a grassy track with views over Dent, follows the fellside contour, and descents to the ladder stile at Stone Rigg. Bear right to find the next ladder stile at the road. (60 min)

Turn right at the road for 600 yd. The FP (to Dent, Nun House, and High Moss) is seen on the left. The fairly rough farm track between stone walls follows the contour high above Dent. The FP sign to Dent on the left indicates Flinter Gill. (35 min)

The track somewhat rough and stony follows the course of Flinter Gill with some beautiful views of the water. After the second double gate look left uphill for the view point with map. Spectacular views to the east and west over Dentdale can be seen from here. At Dent continue straight down the road to the car park. (35 min)

Carry on along Green Lane to the signpost to Nun House. (30 min)
The path now follows a very stony old road between two stone walls to Nun House and so on to the road. Cross the road following the sign to Mill Bridge. At the derelict farm house (Scow) turn left following the waymarkers; after the first gate notice the lime kiln on left. Carry on to the small gate found at the left hand side of the next stone wall. The path continues to the white cottage seen at the road; turn right to Mill Bridge. (40 min)

A signpost for Church Bridge points the way back to Dent along the Dales Way. (45 min)