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A nice place to visit but I wouldn't wanna live there!
Member Name: shaneo632
Advantages: Picturesque and quaint
Disadvantages: Urbanites will tire of it eventually
In the Summer of 2009 I visited Dent Dale, one of the small villages in the Yorkshire dales, and being a proud city dewller, it was an experience both beguiling and also very relaxing. In summary, it is a place I'd gladly visit, but I think I'd go absolutely mental if I lived there for good.
Dent is technically in Cumbria, and is a tiny town with a population of less than 700, where virtually everyone knows everyone. There is a little touristy area, though, with cottages that visitors can book to stay in. We stayed in a little cottage called Dragon Cottage, which was lovely and actually surprisingly had Sky TV reception. However, the area is generally very poor for mobile phone reception, and I believe the only one that works is Orange, so expect to be out of contact with loved ones for a while if you do go there, as this is true of most areas in the Dales.
The town has a post office and a convenience store, although it's obviously important to find out when they're open as otherwise you have quite a drive ahead of you to find another one! The village is also known for its Dent Brewery, which means they have a unique brand of beers at the pubs and restaurants around, of which there are surprisingly quite a few for such a small populus. Some of the ales and beers they have are lovely and smooth, and a nice bit of something different.
Dent is a great town if you want to get fit, though; you can go on a walk in virtually any direction for miles, and you can pick up free maps from various places around the town. However, it is VERY easy to get lost if you're not paying attention, and in the less pleasant months it can be more of a slog than fun if you're soaking and muddy.
Because it doesn't have phone service and all of my urban creature comforts like a cinema, an HMV and a GAME, I would go absolutely nuts living somewhere like this, but as a nice diversion from my city life, it is a fine getaway and also not too expensive either.
Summary: A nice getaway
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