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’.

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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.

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