DAY 2 Harter Fell, North Pennines

Trail Running (UK) - - Routes - ■ Jen and Sim Ben­son­nand­sim­ben­

The dis­tinc­tive land­mark of Kirk­car­rion, a steep, green hill topped with dark pines, is vis­i­ble for many miles around this part of the North Pennines. Le­gend has it that this is the burial place of Caryn, a lo­cal Bronze Age chief­tain. A steady but en­joy­able climb brings you to the sum­mit of neigh­bour­ing Harter Fell, a dra­matic and windswept place with far-reach­ing views across Lunedale, an area of up­land heath on the water­shed be­tween the rivers Tees and Lune. The Pen­nine Way skirts the south-eastern flank of the Fell on its 267-mile jour­ney from Edale in the Peak District to the Scot­tish bor­ders. The fi­nal part of the run fol­lows the banks of the River Tees, dot­ted with de­light­ful swim­ming spots. A worth­while di­ver­sion up­stream reaches the spec­tac­u­lar, stepped wa­ter­falls of Low Force and High Force.

Strath­more Arms, Hol­wick, DL12 0NJ, NY 906269 Harter Fell sum­mit, NY 927237 OS Ex­plorer OL31 Mid­dle­tonin-Tees­dale, NY 947254

Pick­ing a route through the rocks of Hol­wick Scars

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