Information on Dent, Yorkshire
Dent is one of the most remote villages in the Dales. Situated in Dentdale, it’s also one of the only villages which is officially outside the Yorkshire border, as it sits in Cumbria. It boasts the highest railway station in Britain at 1150 feet above sea level, and roughly equidistant between Leeds and Carlisle. The station is actually situated about 4 miles from Dent at Cowgill. Cowgill is also home to the Dent Microbrewery which specialises in real Yorkshire Ales, which can be sampled in one of the village’s pubs The George and Dragon and The Sun. (There’s also the Sportsman Inn at Cowgill) Dent was the birthplace in 1785 of the Geologist Adam Sedgwick, who was schooled at nearby Sedbergh and was one of Charles Darwens teachers in Geological studies. A large memorial stone to Sedgwick stands in the village today. Dent’s church, St Andrews originated in the 12th century, was rebuilt in 1417, restored in 1590, and again in 1787, and has altar flags made from local black Dent marble. There’s also a Heritage Centre in the village which explains the history of the area including tales of the ‘Terrible Knitters of Dent’, the most prolific hand knitters in the Dales .In the 18th century knitting was carried out in the village by men, women and children and some farmers became famous for their party piece- knitting with one hand while milking a cow with the other!