We actually had no idea whether we could get to this cave, how large or if we would be able to get in it, having simply spotted it on the OS Landranger map.
We took the road just outside Dent southwards, a magnificent road taking us ever upwards. Eventually we reached Kingsdale Head cottages and knew we were getting close. Kingsdale is renowned for it's pot holes and caves which are liberally scattered throughout this area. We recognised we were in the right place, with a woodland off to our right and a layby for parking. Just as we parked up, a family with torches arrived and yes, the cave was just up the track and was perfectly ok to enter. We followed them in as we had no illumination ourselves and by torchlight, we were over-awed at the sheer size and majesty of the cave. It looked huge, but more impressivley there was a river flowing straight through but not emerging at the cave entrance. Apparently there is also a waterfall somewhere inside but unfortunately, it was not wise for us to proceed any further without our own illumination. We can't wait to return....
The cave used to be a show cave in Victorian times but the only remains of those days are a couple of concrete steps leading in.
Yordas is a Viking word for underground river.
Disappointingly, the flash didn't work on our camera so I have no photos of the interior.
Whilst out and about in Dentdale, you cannot fail to miss a couple of magnificent viaducts on the settle to Carlisle railway line, Arten Gill and Dent Head. These are located between Blea Moor tunnel and Dent station and are mightily impressive.
We stopped at Dent head viaduct and got out to have a closer look. I was absolutely astounded at the size of this feat of engineering, built between 1869 and 1875 for the Midland Railway.Ten arches spanning 199 yards and towering at 100 feet high, who could fail to be impressed?
We noticed the drain pipes running down the pillars to allow water to run off. We also noted what a beautiful place to camp!! A footpath appeared to pass this way.
Dent station is Britain's highest, at over 1500 feet above sea level and is spectacularly located up a very steep and winding road, 4.5 miles east of Dent.It is on the famous Settle to Carlisle line, which passes through some of England's finest scenery and serves some of the more remote places like Dent and Garsdale Head. The line originally closed in 1970, as did so many others, but after much protesting, was re-opend in 1986 and today, six trains in each direction run on Saturdays, three on Sundays and five on weekdays.
The station is immaculately kept, all neat and tidy and pretty as a picture, despite it's wild and rugged surroundings, making it feel like an oasis in a desert.There is even a flower bed with "Dent" spelled out in flowers.The main station building is privately owned and available as a holiday let.
We sat on the platform seat, drinking our coffee and taking in the atmosphere just as it started to rain. We were too early to see a train, there wasn't one due for an hour! Still, it was well worth the visit!
Although everything about these tea rooms says "Yorkshire", they are actually in Cumbria, but only just. The Dales Way and Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way pass closeby, and the tea rooms are very popular with walkers and cyclists.
Heathers tea room is famed for its delicious home baking and good, wholesome food which is freshly cooked on the premises using locally sourced produce.
The tea room and B&B are a washed 17th Century listed building composed of two old cottages, with flagstone floors, cast iron ranges and pine tables. In addition to good food and comfortable accommodation, Stone Close doubles as a National Park information point and Heather and her partner Mick are always on hand, eager to impart their knowledge of local walks and places of interest.
Favorite Dish: Good range of vegi food, such as Mushroom and Tomato Layer or Quiche of the day.
We had arrived in Dentdale by motorhome and had no intention of travelling any further in it. The roads are all narrow and large vehicles are advised not to travel through the village of Dent. Off came the motorbike, on went the helmets and away we went.
A motorbike is a great way to get around these narrow roads, it's easy to pull up and take photos whenever you want, unlike being in a car and restricted to being able to park. I always carry the camera over my shoulder, close at hand whilst travelling by motorbike and stop at every opportunity.
Naturally, if it rains, we get wet but we do always have full waterproofs at hand. We also carry a flask of coffee, a bottle of water and binoculars.
Dentdale is extremely popular with motorbikers, the campsites bearing evidence to this fact but strangely, I think we only passed a couple whilst out and about. Obviously all taken different routes at different times!!
Stop at the Dent Stores, which is a traditional village store selling everything and anything that you might need.
There is also a cafe right next door.
What to buy: Among other things, the stuff to look out for is beer from the local Dent Brewery, and also the distinctively blue glazed pottery from Dent Pottery.
What to pay: The pottery is very reasonable.
Scenery in Dentdale is typical of most Yorkshire Dales landscapes, but perhaps a little wilder. Rolling fells dotted with stone barns on the upper reaches, with lush pastureland bordered by dry stone walls in the valley. The River Dee meanders all the way along the valley bottom, forming occassional waterfalls over the natural stone steps.You could be convinced the river bed is man-made in parts but it's all down to nature. Numerous streams run into the Dee and the valley can be a wet place after prolonged rainfall. Having said this, the river is quick to dry out in a dry spell.
Woodland is sparse but mainly deciduous and along the riverside.
Fondest memory: I just love rivers so the fact that a river runs all the way along the valley with lots of footpaths, is a bonus to me.