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Photos by Lee Goulding Page last updated: 2023-11-13
Dentdale Cumbria
NGR: SD727854 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv)   Site Height: 268m      Structure Height: 17m
Digital TV: BBC A: 41   D3&4: 44   BBC B: 47  
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Comments: Dentdale is a relay of Caldbeck. Pre B700 allocations: 60/53/57.

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December 2003

Dentdale is an isolated and very attractive outpost of Cumbria which is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Surrounded by precipitous hills in just about all directions, it is beyond the reach of almost all broadcast transmitters. The valley opens up to the northwest and as a result, a relay was able to be built on high ground which can rebroadcast transmissions from Caldbeck some 45 miles away.

Dentdale was originally a BBC landlord site which entered service in November 1980 to serve 550 people.
Channel 4 was added on 21-Aug-1987.

Due to the difficult reception conditions caused by the hilly path to Caldbeck the relay has separate poles used for transmit and receive. The broadcast aerials transmit in 2 directions. The main 4 tier crossed log periodic array covers Dentdale itself from Lea Yeat to the foot of the valley on the outskirts of Sedbergh and a single log provides a service in Deepdale to the south of the transmitter.

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Wooden pole replaced with metal tower, June 2019.

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