Dufton - High Cup Nick - Middletongue Crags - Dufton
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This walk gave me my first-ever look at High Cup Nick and it didn't disappoint. A text-book-perfect glacial valley carved by ancient ice, out of the edge of the high ground north of the Eden Valley, photographs can't do justice to it... it has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
Walk 2539 allows us to do this from many different viewpoints. After a long climb up from the start at the pretty village of Dufton, the Pennine Way takes us along the northern edge of High Cup Nick, all the way to the 'bow', where High Cupgill Beck drops over the edge. We follow the stream, scrambling over boulders down to the valley floor.
From here, the grey curtains of dolerite that form the edges of the Nick gradually rise above and eventually behind us as we descend once more towards the Eden Valley. With such grandeur around us, it's easy to ignore the views from High Cup Nick, but if you look slightly to your right, you will see many of the Lakeland Fells, including Blencathra and Helvellyn.
But now, the hard part of the walk is over and we return to Dufton via forest, pasture and the delightful Woodland Trust valley of Dufton Ghyll.
Dog-walkers please note the presence of sheep, cows, boulder scrambles and tricky stiles on this walk.
England - North England - Cumbria - Eden Valley
Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
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