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Craven Old Way

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Craven Way - heading down into Dentdale

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Craven Old Way

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36610

Parish: various

OS Grid Reference: various

Dale: Cumbria

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Also known as the Craven Way, this is probably a very old route joining Dent and Ingleton via the flanks of Whernside. It is described as a packhorse route since it crosses quite steep and difficult terrain unsuitable for wheeled vehicles. There are also features such as ‘Horse Well’ (SD737850) along its route which indicate its use by horses. Such routes were of course never exclusively used by one sort of traffic and it is likely that drovers bringing cattle down from Scotland in the 17th and 18th centuries may also have use this route given its north-south direction.
Wright, Geoffrey N (1985) Roads and Trackways of the Yorkshire Dales. Ashbourne: Moorland Publishing


Take minor road from Dent village centre that runs past the Post Office and continues east along south side of river. After 1 1/4 miles take turn on right beside Deepdale Methodist Chapel. After 250 metres take public bridleway on left signed 'Craven Way'.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Dent. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 874 for Cumbria information.


High level bridleway, steep inclines and rough going in places.

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