Dent railway station

Dent is a railway station on the Settle and Carlisle Line, which runs between Carlisle and Leeds via Settle. The station, situated 58+14 miles (94 km) north-west of Leeds, serves the villages of Cowgill and Dent, South Lakeland in Cumbria. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Trains.

National Rail
Dent Railway Station 05.05.16.jpg
LocationCowgill, South Lakeland
Coordinates54°16′57″N 2°21′49″W / 54.2825669°N 2.3635911°W / 54.2825669; -2.3635911Coordinates: 54°16′57″N 2°21′49″W / 54.2825669°N 2.3635911°W / 54.2825669; -2.3635911
Grid referenceSD764874
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byNorthern Trains
Other information
Station codeDNT
ClassificationDfT category F2
Original companyMidland Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail (London Midland Region)
Key dates
6 August 1877Opened
4 May 1970Closed
14 July 1986Reopened
2016/17Decrease 7,248
2017/18Increase 7,988
2018/19Decrease 7,894
2019/20Increase 8,126
2020/21Decrease 1,786
Listed Building – Grade II
FeatureOriginal Midland Railway station building
Designated18 October 1999
Reference no.1383851[1]
Dent is located in South Lakeland
Location in South Lakeland, Cumbria
Dent is located in Cumbria
Location in Cumbria, England
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road


Dent village is approximately 4.8 miles (8 km) by road to the west, and 400 ft (120 m) below the height of the station, with Cowgill being the nearest small village, located around half a mile away.

Altitude sign, preserved gas lamp and wooden snow fence at rear

At an altitude of 1,150 ft (350 m) and situated between Blea Moor Tunnel and Rise Hill Tunnel immediately to its north, Dent is the highest operational railway station on the National Rail network in England. Dent Station buildings are now privately owned and are available to rent as holiday cottage accommodation.[2] During the 1970s the station was rented out to Barden school in Burnley as an outdoor pursuits centre, providing accommodation for up to 15 pupils whilst they carried out various courses ranging from pot holing, caving, to geology and map reading.[citation needed]

There are stone-built passenger waiting rooms provided on both the northbound and southbound platforms. Access to the southbound platform is, somewhat unusually, by an unguarded barrow crossing at the south end of the station for foot passengers to use with care (a 30 mph permanent speed restriction for non-stop trains through the station is enforced for this reason). Disabled passengers should not use the southbound platform without assistance.[3] Like most stations on the line, there are no ticket machines available as yet (though Northern have stated they plan to provide one here) and so travellers must buy on the train. Train running information can be obtained by telephones on the platforms or from information posters. New digital information screens have also been installed here, though as of November 2019 these have yet to be commissioned.

Old wooden snow fences are still in place on the eastern side of the station (see image).


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The station building is now a holiday cottage under the auspices of The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line.

Dent railway station is on the historic Settle-Carlisle Line, with services to Leeds and Carlisle. The station was designed by the Midland Railway company architect John Holloway Sanders[4] and opened in 1877[5] and originally closed in May 1970 but was reopened by British Rail in 1986 following a campaign to maintain regular stopping services along the line.


  • A Greenwood 1877 - 1879[6]
  • Thomas Crossley 1879 - 1889[7]
  • Richard Davies 1889 - 1898[7]
  • George Palmer 1898[7] - 1904[8]
  • J. Roadley 1904 - 1907[8]
  • John Johnson 1907[8] - ca. 1914
  • William Porter Nicholson from 1935[9]
  • Richard H. Lamb (afterwards station master at Sandal and Walton, later station master at Skipton)
  • Rodney Hampson 1952 - 1955


On weekdays there were formerly five trains in each direction, with six each way on Saturdays and three each way on Sundays.[10] In addition, DalesRail services operate on summer Sundays from Blackpool North and Preston to Carlisle, with one journey in each direction. Northbound trains terminated at either Appleby or Armathwaite until the end of March 2017, as the Armathwaite to Carlisle section was closed whilst the damaged embankment at Eden Brows was repaired. Services through to the terminus at Carlisle resumed on 31 March 2017.

Class 47, Statesman Rail in BR Two Tone Green, passing through Dent Station.
Network Rail Track Cleaner at Dent Station

Since the May 2018 timetable change, the service has increased to eight northbound and six southbound calls on weekdays and six each way (including the DalesRail service) on Sundays.[11]


  1. ^ Historic England, "The old station at Dent Railway Station (1383851)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 6 January 2017
  2. ^ "Dent Station on the Settle to Carlisle Railway". Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  3. ^ Dent station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 28 November 2016
  4. ^ "Notes by the Way". Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald. British Newspaper Archive. 1 November 1884. Retrieved 12 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 78. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  6. ^ "1871-1879 Coaching". Midland Railway Operating, Traffic and Coaching Depts: 746. 1871. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "1881-1898 Coaching". Midland Railway Operating, Traffic and Coaching Depts: 52. 1881. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  8. ^ a b c "1899-1908 Coaching; Piece 1026". Midland Railway Operating, Traffic and Coaching Depts: 56. 1899. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Station Chief Retires". Liverpool Echo. England. 9 February 1963. Retrieved 13 March 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. ^ GB eNRT, May 2017 Edition, Table 42
  11. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 7 - Leeds to Carlisle, Leeds to Morecambe & Heysham Port, 19 May to 14 December 2019Northern website; Retrieved 15 May 2019

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