We took a last-minute trip to Dent to meet up with a group of friends who were visiting from “down south” and renting a local cottage for the week so we made the trip over in the ‘van and booked a pitch for a couple of nights at High Laning. The route that we took (coming in from Skipton) took us up over and through the hills on a winding road through farmland in which we had to stop several times to open gates, drive through and the close the gates shut behind us! It’s quite a large campsite, being split across both sides of the main road out of Dent.
The top part of the site is mainly home to hard-standing pitches and so is occupied mostly by caravans. It’s also where you’ll find the site office when you arrive and has access to the owners’ house as well as its own shower block. Across the road, the bottom part of the site is a much larger open field with its own shower block and wash-up area. A gravel road forms a loop around the field with pitches on both the inside and outside of pitch. The site is well-equipped with electric hookups aplenty.
We arrived in the early evening and found the office had already closed but found the owners in their home next to the office. We were given the choice of a pitch at the top amongst caravans, or in the larger bottom part but were warned that it might be noisier as there were some larger groups and families. That was fine by us so we elected for a pitch at the bottom and were escorted to our pitch by one of the owners on her quad bike. They are quite particular about the pitch boundaries and getting each camper in exactly the right place, but I suppose that a bit of careful organisation leads to a more comfortable stay for everyone.
The facilities were of a high standard and were regularly cleaned. On the one occasion when the showers in our block were all occupied I decided to venture across the road rather than wait for my shower and found plenty of space in the other block.
The village of Dent is a lovely picturesque place to visit. The main thoroughfare is a meandering cobbled street and there are at least two good quality pubs serving local ale. The George and Dragon is the main tap house for Dent Brewery and they have all of the brewery’s ales available either on tap or bottled – I think I was a couple short of sampling the full range over the 2 days we stayed! There’s also The Sun Inn and both seemed very popular when we visited.
There’s plenty to see and do within a short drive of Dent. We took in a tour of White Scar Caves, gorged ourselves on Cheese at the Wensleydale Creamery and visited Dent Railway Station on the Settle-to-Carlisle line which boasts being the highest mainline station in England, and actually sits around 5 miles outside of Dent. Train services are few and far between though so if you get off the train there you might have to wait a few hours for your return train, and there’s nothing nearby to see except for the station itself. Ingleton Falls is nearby and has some great photo opportunities along the walk (although the £6/person (£14 family ticket) admission price seemed steep to us, and we’d be tempted to park in Ingleton village instead and join the walk from there). A slightly cheaper – but no less impressive – waterfall is Hardraw Force, which was used in the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. There’s also the Dentdale Heritage Centre at the entrance to the campsite.