is the culmination of the walk, but those with sufficient energy
left may wish, before returning back down the track, to continue
on a little further in order to view the junction of Flintergill
Outrake with the impressive old Occupation Road, or "Occy"
as the locals call it. This was originally an ancient droving
route which was rebuilt as an access road in 1859 at the time
of the Enclosures.
the Heritage theme Flintergill to me is a wooded, peaceful paradise
and it makes me happy to share this with people now that it has
been "restored" to its former glory.
Local lads and lassies used it for quiet walks with their sweethearts,
the weavers to wash and shrink their cloth on the dancing flags,
and the outrake itself provided access from Dent Town to the occupation/drovers
I like to sit and ponder that in days gone by, how the occupation
road was a green lane as smooth as a billiard table so my forebears
told me. Life in the country was simple people worked with what
they had, made do and mended. Imagine farmers bringing horse drawn
sledges carrying harvested bracken and rushes down to the valley
for winter bedding.
Peat and coal were brought down from the hillsides, surplus coal
to be conveyed to the Kendal Tinsmiths by pack-horse, and others
rode along the bridle paths on their journey from York to Kendal.
Wonder along the occupation road and soak up the breathtaking
views of the high rolling hills and the green valleys below, I
do hope that it will give you a lasting memory of the wonderful
hidden place called Dentdale ."