Walk #41: Langdon Beck to Dufton
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.
This was perhaps the most exhilarating day of the Pennine Way so far. I me up with Tony at the YHA and we walked together all day, the last that we will be able to do so as from tomorrow he starts his 'alternative' routes again.
There were three rocky scrambles along the Tees before Cauldron Snout, and these were quite hard going. The scramble up Cauldron Snout to Cow Green Dam, however, was great.
Maize Back was very high and so we had to use the alternative route, which unfortunately meant that we approached High Cup from the side and not from the Nick. We walked back to the Nick for lunch. Some of the tributaries of Maize Beck were very full and hard to ford in themselves - at one in particular Hazel apparently made an improvised bridge by throwing rocks in!
As mentioned earlier, an exhilarating day. Now I have to prepare myself for the hard day coming up tomorrow and the highest point of the Pennine Way...
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.
This makes a total distance of 13.9 miles, with 1608 feet of ascent and 2303 feet of descent.
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