The limestone valley of Dentdale is ideal for walking holidays: there are walks for all abilities from the front door or just a short drive away, and the Three Peaks, Whernside, Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough are close by. You can combine walking part of the Dales Way with local bus services, and walks further afield with Settle-Carlisle trains (up-to-date timetables are in the cottage file). It is also exhilarating - and just a bit hilly - for cycling
The bookshelves in the cottage are well-stocked with guidebooks and maps. There are also guide books for some land art projects that Pip has been involved in, in the area: the Poetry Path at Kirkby Stephen, Discover Eden walking routes, in the Upper Eden catchment, and the Stanza Stones, a little further afield at Ilkley.
Locally, Dent has much to offer, with walks, cafes and pubs and a Heritage Centre. Areas to explore further afield include Kirkby Stephen via Mallerstang and Kirkby Lonsdale via Barbondale. Hawes, a small market town 8 miles to the east, has the Wensleydale Creamery where you can see cheese-making, and Sedbergh is 8 miles to the west, where the artist and makers' workshops at Farfield Mill are worth a visit. The Lake District is just over an hour's drive, via Kendal; and further north Hadrian's Wall is an hour and a half's drive.
The Sportsman's Inn is a mile's walk up the lane, and very reasonable, but only does meals at weekends. Four miles away in Dent there are two pubs that serve food: The George and Dragon; and The Sun Inn. Or for a deluxe and leisurely feed (and out of this world puddings) try The Hill Inn at Chapel-le-Dale on the Ingleton Road, about 20 minutes drive.
Dent Stores, 4 miles down the dale, (west), is well-stocked for a small village shop: opening times Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm (except Tues 8.30am-1pm); Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 9am-4pm. For more shopping choice, including post offices, greengrocers and butchers, Sedbergh and Hawes are 8 miles in either direction - about 20 minutes by car. Shops close around 5.30, but a Spar in Sedbergh is open till 9pm. Market days are Tuesday in Hawes and in Settle (20mins by trains) and Wednesday in Sedbergh.