England’s highest mainline railway station


Date: August 2008

England’s highest mainline railway station - now a stunning luxury holiday destination - scoops a National Railway Heritage Award and the RICS (¹) North West Tourism & Leisure Award

Go Green - leave the car at home and save fuel - arrive and get around by train

Situated on the legendary Carlisle to Settle railway line, Dent is England's highest mainline railway station, and following its sympathetic restoration, is now available for luxury holiday rental.

So sympathetic was its conversion that it impressed the judges of two major national awards - A National Railway Heritage Award (NRHA) (The First Group Craft Skills Award), and the RICS (¹) North West Tourism & Leisure Award 2008 (²), the unveiling of which has just taken place. 

This unique Grade II Listed property, located in beautiful Dentdale, Yorkshire, promises to provide a distinctly different self-catering experience.  This is a holiday destination that will not only attract those with a passion for railways, but also those who want to enjoy the perfect vantage point from which to take in some of the Dales’ most breathtaking scenery.

Dent Station was opened in 1877, and is some eight miles north of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.  The station sits 1,150 ft above sea level within an acre of land, and alongside the railway line that weaves its way from the infamous Blea Moor Tunnel four miles away.

Robin Hughes, a chartered surveyor, has always been interested in railways and decided to buy the station and restore it as a luxury retreat.

Steam excursions run on the line next to the converted station during the weekends.  Robin says:  “It’s great to be able to escape to such a stunning part of the world and arrive on your own doorstep - or platform! - from London in around 4 hours.

This remarkable holiday home has been finished with a classic ‘first class’ period look.  The restored woodwork gleams with a fresh coat of Midland Railway maroon and cream paintwork, while inside a coal-fired Rayburn is complemented by efficient, modern-day under floor heating.

The accommodation has been imaginatively designed, with the former booking hall now a spacious sitting room and the original ladies’ waiting room transformed into a kitchen/dining area.  The three bedrooms sleep a total of six people.  Superb new bathrooms have been carefully chosen to provide a traditional look, and all in keeping with the property.

Around five passenger trains in each direction link Carlisle and Leeds and stop at Dent daily, and the line is regularly used by freight trains.  Dent Station is a great place from which to explore the Dales by train, with seven-day rover tickets affording access to the surrounding towns and villages.  Dent village itself is around four miles away and has its own brewery, while the trip from Settle to Carlisle is regarded as one of the most scenic and quintessential railway journeys in the world. 

This holiday home is a must for those who love the great outdoors, with all the luxury and comfort of modern living - and a good measure of romantic nostalgia - thrown in.  A week’s stay at Dent Station for six people is priced from £785.  For more information please contact Robin Hughes on 07824 665266 or visit www.dentstation.co.uk or e-mail: dentstation@btinternet.com

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Notes to editors:

1)         RICS - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

2)       Dent Station won the RICS North West Tourism & Leisure Award 2008 against stiff competition from much larger and prestigious projects that included Aintree Racecourse, and the Liverpool Cruise Liner Dock Facility

Highly recommended - 10 things to see and do

-          Travel on the famous Carlisle to Settle railway - you can even arrive at your holiday destination by train
-          Pretend you are the Fat Controller from Thomas The Tank Engine fame, or one of the Railway Children!
-          Visit Dent Brewery, one of the most remote real ale breweries in the country
-          Savour the taste of Wensleydale cheese and locally made pies
-          Enjoy walks throughout Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria
-          Visit the famous 440 yard sweeping Ribblehead Viaduct with its 24 arches
-          Have a cup of Yorkshire tea in one of the many tearooms found in the surrounding towns
-          Visit Kendal, famous for its mint cake
-          Walk around the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, known for Devil's Bridge and Ruskin's View
-          Simply enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the surrounding area

Getting there

Located on the Carlisle - Settle - Leeds line, the station is four miles from the village of Dent, around eight miles north of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, and almost equi-distant between Leeds and Carlisle.

By train:

Accessible from anywhere on the UK rail network, approximate journey times are:
Leeds - 2 Hours                      Carlisle - 1½ Hours                 Manchester - 3 Hours
London - 4¼ Hours                Glasgow - 3½ Hours               Birmingham - 4 Hours

By road:

Dent Station can easily be accessed from Junction 34 of the M6, or if travelling from the North East via the A1 near Beadale.
Address: Dent Station, Cowgill, Sedbergh, Cumbria
Postcode for sat nav: LA10 5RF

For further information, please contact:                    Robin Hughes

                                                                            M: 07824 665266
                                                                            E: dentstation@btinternet.com
                                                                            W: www.dentstation.co.uk


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                                                                             LawsonClarke PR
                                                                             T: 01285 658844

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