17 June 2022. Fred decided to take a rest day in Middleton, so I left walking solo at 0740. Much of the route followed the River Tees, initially through farmed meadows before reaching moorland. I passed three impressive waterfalls, Low Force, High Force and Cauldron Snout. I learnt that “force” comes from the Nordic word “foss” for waterfall.
I stopped for a break (1045-1105) by the river at Haugh Hill then again (1245-1310) at Cauldron Snout. After that it was away from the river across high moorland adjacent to the Army Warcop Ranges. Rain started at 1400 and continued until I reached Dufton. Most of the afternoon was in limited visibility and I missed the spectacular views of High Cup (glacial valley).
Arrived Dufton 1715 after 33km. Fortunately I had booked in at the Dufton YHA, so their washing and drying room facilities were just what was needed. At reception I met Paul who was now a YHA covert having stayed the previous night at Langdon Beck hostel. Another pub dinner with Paul at the Stag Inn opposite the hostel. Patrick and a couple of other walkers were also in; they had camped at the Grandie Caravan Park.