England’s highest mainline railway station

Monday 17, January 2011


England’s highest mainline railway station


New for Easter 2011 - two historic stone-built ‘Snow Huts’ – luxury self catering holidays available at Dent - England’s highest mainline railway station.


Dent is England's highest mainline railway station.  Situated on the legendary Carlisle to Settle railway line, this classic Victorian station building has been sympathetically restored and is available as luxury holiday accommodation.  Sleeping six, it is especially suitable for families.


New for 2011 and the perfect retreat for couples, are two historic Snow Huts.  Just 100 yards ‘down the line’ from the station and occupying a low, thick stone-walled building, the Snow Huts both sleep two, and formerly provided shelter for 15 navvies working on the railway.


This rare Grade II Listed property, located in beautiful Dentdale, Yorkshire, promises to provide a distinctly different self-catering experience.  Where track workers once sheltered from the driving snow and often ate and slept there for weeks at a time, guests can now enjoy the creature comforts of modern day living.  Underfloor heating and a central brick fireplace provide more than enough warmth, while a contemporary kitchen, marble lined bathroom, beautiful leather sofas and crisp white linen create the perfect escape - and such a far cry from their historic use!


This is a holiday destination that will not only attract those who want to get away from it all, but want to do so in style.  The perfect vantage point from which to take in some of the Dales’ most breathtaking scenery, it’s great for watching nature at large and ideal if you have a passion for railways.


Some eight miles north of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, Dent Station and its Snow Huts were opened in 1877.  Occupying an acre of land alongside the railway line that weaves its way from the infamous Blea Moor Tunnel four miles away, the station sits 1,150 ft above sea level.  Steam excursions run on the line during weekends, and it’s even possible to arrive at your holiday destination by train, about 4 hours from London!


Around five passenger trains in each direction link Carlisle and Leeds and stop at Dent daily, and the line is regularly used by freight trains.  Dent Station is a great place from which to explore the Dales by train, with seven-day rover tickets affording access to the surrounding towns and villages, while the trip from Settle to Carlisle is regarded as one of the most scenic and quintessential railway journeys in the world.  Dent village itself is four miles down the valley and has its own brewery.


With all the luxury and comfort of modern living and a good measure of romantic nostalgia thrown in, this holiday home is a must for those who love the great outdoors.  A week’s stay at one of Dent Station’s Snow Huts for two people is priced from £450.


Highly recommended - 10 things to see and do:


  • Travel on the famous Carlisle to Settle railway - you can even arrive at your holiday destination by train
  • Pretend you are the Fat Controller from Thomas The Tank Engine fame, or one of the Railway Children!
  • Visit Dent Brewery, one of the most remote real ale breweries in the country
  • Savour the taste of Wensleydale cheese and locally made pies
  • Enjoy walks or bicycle rides throughout Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria
  • Visit the famous 440 yard sweeping Ribblehead Viaduct with its 24 arches
  • Have a cup of Yorkshire tea in one of the many tea rooms found in the surrounding towns
  • Visit Kendal, famous for its mint cake
  • Walk around the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, known for Devil's Bridge and Ruskin's View
  • Simply enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the surrounding area


Getting there

Located on the Carlisle - Settle - Leeds line, the station is four miles from the village of Dent, around eight miles north of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, and almost equi-distant between Leeds and Carlisle.


By train

Accessible from anywhere on the UK rail network, approximate journey times are:

Leeds - 2 hours                  Carlisle - 1½ hours              Manchester - 3 hours

London - 4¼ hours            Glasgow - 3½ hours            Birmingham - 4 hours

Check Bank Holiday time tables before travelling.


By road

Dent Station can easily be accessed from Junction 34 of the M6, or if travelling from the North East via the A1 near Beadale.


Address: Dent Station, Cowgill, Sedbergh, Cumbria

Postcode for sat nav: LA10 5RF

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