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Galloway Gate and Driving Road

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Driving Road - heading south into Dentdale

© YDNPA, 2004,

Driving Road and Galloway Gate - looking north

© YDNPA, 2004,

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Galloway Gate and Driving Road

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36448

Parish: Dent

OS Grid Reference: various

Dale: Cumbria

Link to Archaeology Data Service:


Galloway Gate is now a metalled road running from Garsdale (near Garsdale Station) to the top of Dentdale. It is probably a much older road, possibly a Medieval trade route. The name Galloway either refers to its use by Galloway pack horses or for droving Scottish cattle. Its extension ( a public bridleway) going round the head of Arten Gill to Stonehouse in the upper part of Dentdale, is called Driving Road which may be a corruption of ‘Droving Road’.
Wright, Geoffrey N (1985) Roads and Trackways of the Yorkshire Dales. Ashbourne: Moorland Publishing


From Garsdale Station follow road (Galloway Gate) south toward Dent Station and Cowgill. After about 2 1/2 miles, Driving Road (public bridleway) branches off left. Ends just after Arten Gill viaduct (3 miles).

Public Transport Details

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


Galloway Gate is a public road. Driving Road is rough and muddy with some inclines and gates.

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