Eden Valley Routes 7-9
A few days in Dufton provide an excellent introduction to the North Pennines, says Roger Butler, a region which has been dubbed ‘England’s last wilderness’.
An ultimate weekend around Dufton in the North Pennines
The pretty village of Dufton, tucked below the North Pennines on the eastern side of the Eden Valley, makes a fine base from which to explore high hills, empty moors and spectacular geology. Steep escarpments rise above the distinctive red sandstone farmhouses, and paths and tracks lead up into the wild country which is often called ‘England’s last wilderness’. Cross Fell – the highest point in the Pennines – can be climbed from here and you can easily stride out from Dufton’s tree-lined village green to explore some of the lesser-known summits. Highlights of your stay will include the great gulch of High Cup, the perfect pyramid of Dufton Pike and some fine sections of the Pennine Way. There are memorable views to the Lake District fells but, for once, you will probably be pleased to be giving them a miss!
Textbook geography – looking south-west down High Cup: the finest glaciated valley in the north of England.