Dufton to Alston

18 June 2022. The full English breakfast at 0730 set me up well for the day. 0815 departure from the Youth Hostel with Paul. This was a long day with the highest point on the Pennine Way, Cross Fell (893m) The initial steady climb from Dufton (200m) steepened up Green Fell. Once on Knock Old Man (794m) we kept the high ground passed the radars dome on Great Dun Fell, over Little Dun Fell to Cross Fell arriving 1215 for a 15 minute break. The wind was very strong making it too cold to hang around. Good views though.

From the top it was a gradual descent on a track for about 10 km into Garrigill at 1515. The track, known as Corpse Track, is not popular amongst the walkers due to the monotony and the long horizon. The feet needed a 30 min break, before walking up the valley beside the River Tyne to Alston, arriving 1740. In all, 22 km with about 900m of climb. After tents pitched at the caravan park (£5) and showered, Paul and I went to the Alston Hotel bar for a pub meal and also met Steve again who was staying there.

Farm track up to Green Fell
Climbing up the Fell
View across to Great Dun Fell and Cross Fell
Cairn on Knock Old Man
Great Dun Fell
Cross Fell in the Background from Little Dunn Fell
Cross Fell
Greg’s Hut
The long track down
Approach to Garrgill
Walk along the River Tyne
Woodland walk into Alston
Campsite, sheepdog trials in the background

1 thought on “Dufton to Alston

  1. Ros Couldwell

    Looks chilly. Big change in the weather here and a drop of 10 degrees! Hope you’re holding up. Looks beautiful but covering long distances. Happy Father’s Day! Xx


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