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Walk #42: Dufton to Garrigill


ZZ08	Hazel admiring the view on the climb up to Great Dunn Fell. In the distance past the plain is the Lake District.
ZZ11	The shelter on the top of Cross Fell.
ZZ08 Hazel admiring the view on the climb up to Great Dunn Fell. In the distance past the plain is the Lake District.
ZZ11 The shelter on the top of Cross Fell.

General Data

Date Walked 20/08/1999
County Cumbria
Start Location Dufton
End Location Garigill
Start time 08.25
End time 16.15
Distance 15.4 miles
Description This was a pleasant day's walk over Cross Fell.
Pack Today I carried full camping gear.
Condition I feel absolutely fine after today's walk. The bottom of my feet ached on the long and stony descent from the top of Cross fell, but that was just a minor annoyance. My ankle was okay, and so are my back and legs, which is quite good considering the climbing that I have just done.
Weather Today was overcast, but with no rain. The sun only rarely decided to grant us an audience, and even then for barely long enough for us to get acquainted. The wind was the main feature, and for the first section coming down of Cross Fell it was quite cold due to the wind.
OS map Outdoor Leisure number 31 (North Pennines - Teesdale & Weardale)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


Considering how much I was not looking forward to today's walk, it went well. I hardly broke into sweat all day. That is not to say that it was easy, for it was not; more that the walk as I did it was a strenuous yet most fulfilling one.

I climbed up to Cross Fell (the highest point on the Pennine Way) with Hazel, and as she has a very slow pace climbing I found that I hardly exerted myself on this section at all. From the top of Cross Fell I left her with Michael and strode off alone, only to find Tony (who had done a different route from the top of Knock Fell) waiting for me on Carrigill village green with a pot of tea.

The views from the top of Cross Fell were amazing; 360 degree views, but especially amazing to the west, where you could look over fertile plains to the Lake District mountains and the sea.

All in all a good day. I am extremely pleased that I have finished it with so much energy spare. Things are looking good, which usually means that something bad is about to happen soon. ;*)

It is days like today that make me feel that life is great.


I am not going to bother giving any directions for any of the stages of the Pennine Way; there are many route descriptions produced that will better anything that I could produce. The main guides I used were the OS National Trail Guides, which come complete with strip maps of the route. Click on one of the links below to go to the Amazon page for each guide.

National Trail Guide South
National Trail Guide North


From To Distance (m) Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Dufton Knock Old Man 4.5 2156 141
Knock Old Man Cross Fell 3.5 896 577
Cross Fell Garrigill 7.4 285 2087

This makes a total distance of 15.4 miles, with 3337 feet of ascent and 2805 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #42
For more information on profiles, ascents and descents, see this page


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And finally, enjoy your walking!

This walk was mentioned in the following routes:

My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk
My Pennine Way Walk, 07th to 26th August 1999

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