GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Dent Head Viaduct Walk

8 miles (13.3 km)

This circular walk visits the impressive Dent Head Viaduct in Dentdale in the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria.
The walk makes use of the Dales Way and Pennine Bridleway long distance trails to visit the structure from Dent Railway Station on theSettle–Carlisle line. On the way there are some hill climbs with wonderful views over the viaducts and the surrounding countryside.
From the station you can follow the Dales Way south past Cow Dub to the Arten Gill Viaduct at Stone House. Continue south and you will pass some waterfalls on the river before coming to Dent Head viaduct.
The impressive structure dates from the Victorian period and is 596 feet (182m) long, 100 feet (30m) high, and consists of ten arches.
You continue south east pass Stoops Moss, the Blea Moor Stones and Newby Head. Here you turn north along the Pennine Bridleway to Swineley Cowm, Dent Fell and Green Bank before following a country lane west back to the rail station.
To continue your walking in the area head south to visit the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.

Dent Head Viaduct OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Dent Head Viaduct Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Sportsman's Inn can be found at Cowgill just south of the train station. The historic pub dates to the 16th century and is Grade II listed. There is a nice garden area to relax in with views of the river. Postcode is LA10 5RG.


2015 Dent Head Viaduct

Dent Head Viaduct

Dales Way road approaching Stoops Moss - - 3073220

Dales Way road approaching Stoops Moss

Pennine Bridleway at Swineley Cowm - - 2879572

Pennine Bridleway at Swineley Cowm

Dent Station - - 5344713

Dent Station

Bridge End footbridge - - 5719288

Bridge End footbridge

Arten Gill - - 3369227

Arten Gill

The Sportsman, Cowgill - - 2360550

The Sportsman, Cowgill

Crossing the County Boundary - - 2422695

Crossing the County Boundary

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