Monday 20 May 2013
Dent Station Snow Hut. This remote structure encapsulates over 125 years of history. Built in 1885 as a line side shelter for the railway workers, it was a point of activity for navvies repairing the permanent way and digging trains out of the snow. The winters of 1947 and 1963 witnessed horrendous snow blockages on the line. These blizzard conditions are recorded on “Rails across the fells” and are often seen in photos where snow drifts were up to the roofline of the waiting shelter at Dent.
The Snow Hut has been fully restored as a top specification bunk barn.
We stayed at the Snow Hut at Dent Station in mid March. The venue is quite isolated and surrounded by beautiful scenery. The Snow Hut itself is very well furnished and was really warm even though the weather was very cold throughout. The wood burners are really efficient and coal was plentiful. Plenty of space for cooking if you want but also some lovely pubs with quality food and good prices within 7 miles. The bed is very comfortable with top quality linen and the bathroom is similarly well equipped and quite large. We had our dog with us and she really enjoyed the freedom to roam and rolling in fresh snow every morning. Access with the trains is also really good when the weather is too inclement.
Robin was around for much of the week and he is very good company and extremely helpful when any queries arise. All in all this venue and property is first rate.
Roger - March 2013