The first of three batches of photos from a long weekend away in the Yorkshire Dales village of Dent [54 16 40 N, 2 27 16 W].


View from room in the George & Dragon – good value considering the location and facilities. Straight ahead is the Sun Inn (good for its food) and in the bottom right corner is a monument to Dent’s most famous son, the pioneer geologist Adam Sedgwick.


Coming: the dramatic, if often bleak, A66 across the Pennines.

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The parish church of Dent, St. Andrew’s.


Going: left from the small market town of Kirkby Stephen.  The unusual “cloisters” leading to the churchyard from the market place.


Notice of old market tolls in the Cloisters.


The parish church of Kirkby Stephen.


There are two unusual features here: in the bottom left hand corner is the “Loki stone”, thought to represent the Norse god, Loki.  On the other two pillars are wooden shelves with compartments for bread being offered to the poor of the parish.

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The railway station at Kirkby Stephen.  Previously Kirkby Stephen had two stations: the former Kirkby Stephen East station was reasonably central, while the Kirkby Stephen stop on the outstandingly scenic Settle-Carlisle line is about a mile from the town.  Dent station, which is the next stop southbound on the Settle-Carlisle and the highest national rail station in England, is over 4 miles from Dent itself!  Note the remaining patches of snow on the hills in the picture above taken in early March.

Dent I – Coming and Going