3 - 4 hours
Of all the Yorkshire Dales, Dentdale has probably the most pleasant atmosphere. With a westerly aspect it receives the sun for most of the day making it more verdant and giving a softer feel than some of its more dour neighbours. None of Dentdales fells are more pleasant than the Frostrow Fells. This little area of rolling fells lies on the north side of Dentdale and to the south of Sedbergh. Each side of the Frostrow Fells has numerous small hamlets and farms which are interlinked by narrow lanes and bridleways. Two of these rights of way cross over the fells from north to south and can be followed on mountain bikes to give a tour with no real technical difficulties.
1. Take the Dentdale road to the south then southeast for 800m to the bridge over the River Rawthey. Cross the bridge and follow the road round to the Millthrop turning. Turn left and follow it to a T junction in the village. Turn right and take the road southwest through Millthrop a short distance to a bridleway on the left. This is the Frostrow Row Golf Club track.
2. Ascend southwest along it then south past the club house to a ford. Cross it and follow the track southwest then south to a gate. Go through the gate and take the grassy bridleway as it winds its way southeast to a lane. The lane then gives a good downhill run towards Dentdale. After 800m the bridleway forks, take the left fork and continue along the lane to another fork. This time take the right fork and follow it to the Dentdale Road.
3. Join the bridleway down the lane opposite to ford. In summer and in low water this ford is entertaining, but in spate or if you don't fancy wet feet then turn left before the bridleway, and follow the main Dentdale road for 3.2km to a lane 100m before Barth Bridge. If the river is shallow enough cross the ford and take the track up the other side to the road. Turn left onto the road and follow it southeast down Dentdale for 3.2km to Gawthorp. Follow the road through Gawthorp to a T junction on the main Dentdale road. Turn left and follow the road northwest to the start of a lane 100m past Barth Bridge.
4. The lane zig-zags north up the fellside for 1.2km to its terminus in front of the farm at Lunds. Take it to Lunds - ignoring all the farm entrances. A bridleway starts on the left side of the farm at Lunds between the house and the barn. Take it and join the lane which winds its way north up the fell side for 800m to a fork by a sheep pen. Take the left branch and follow it northwest then north along the wall for 80m to a low col.
5. The rise to the left of the col is the start of the descent down to Sedbergh. Go through the gate and follow the bridleway northwest alongside the wall. After 250m the bridleway leaves the wall and descends over open moorland. Its course is vague in parts, but generally it continues northwest until it reaches a ford after 1.6km.
6. Cross the ford and join the lane on the other side. This is Frostrow Lane which is followed down to a fork. Take the right branch to another fork. This time take the left branch and follow it to the A684. Turn left and follow it west to the A683. Turn left and follow it back to Sedbergh.
|Time/Effort:||2 out of 5|
|Navigation:||2 out of 5|
|Technicality:||2 out of 5|
|Height gain/loss (metres):||400metres (1,312feet)|
|OS map:||OS Landranger 97 & 98, OS Explorer OL2|
- Start point: (near Sedbergh)