Dent Railway Station... and Holiday Rental Property
I remember seeing this on Michael Portillo's TV show about the railways (BBC - Michael Portillo's Bradshaw's Guide http://bit.ly/bT79cV
Watch from 19mins 7 secs). I think it's quite cool.
Anyway, with Spring starting, they've sent me some promo photos...
Dent Station (www.dentstation.co.uk
) is England's highest mainline railway station (1,150 ft above sea level), situated on the famous Settle - Carlisle Line (www.settle-carlisle.co.uk
), eight miles north of the picturesque 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct. Its classic Victorian station building, built in 1887 was purchased in 2006 by the current owner, Robin Hughes, a chartered surveyor with a love of railways and the great outdoors, who has restored it to its original Midland Railway glory and made it available as luxury holiday accommodation (sleeps six).
Also within the land surrounding the station are three stone built 'Snow Huts' which originally provided shelter for 15 navvies working on the railway during the winter. These too have been renovated and are available for short breaks.
The station is still operational. 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. Steam trains run on the line during weekends, and it's even possible to arrive at your holiday destination by train, around 4 hours from London.
That also makes it 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 down the valley and has its own brewery, and Appleby, Hawes, Hornby, Ingleton, Kendal, Leyburn, Sedburgh and Settle are close by.
A week's stay at the station starts from £800, and for the Snow Huts from £400.