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Walk #41: Langdon Beck to Dufton


ZZ04	High Cup from near High Cup Nick.
ZZ01	Tony doing a bit of scrambling whilst following the Tees between Langdon Beck and Cauldron Snout.
ZZ04 High Cup from near High Cup Nick.
ZZ01 Tony doing a bit of scrambling whilst following the Tees between Langdon Beck and Cauldron Snout.

General Data

Date Walked 19/08/1999
County Durham, Cumbria
Start Location Langdon Beck
End Location Dufton
Start time 08.50
End time 15.35
Distance 13.9 miles
Description This was a superb day's walk, taking in the ferocious torrent of Cauldron Snout and the grand majesty of High Cup.
Pack Today I carried full camping gear.
Condition I am in reasonable condition after this walk. I was more tired than after any day for a while, and my ankle was yet again aching. I have a blister at the end of the middle toe on my left foot where I got some mud in my boots crossing the streams around Maize Beck.
Weather Today was overcast and cloudy, but we only got a few spits and spots of rain. It was very windy though, especially when exposed to it on the tops.
OS map Outdoor Leisure number 31 (North Pennines - Teesdale & Weardale)


ZZ02	Cauldron Snout in spate.
ZZ02 Cauldron Snout in spate.

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.

National Trail Guide South
National Trail Guide North


From To Distance (m) Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Langdon Beck Cauldron Snout 4.7 627 374
Cauldron Snout High Cup Nick 5.2 728 397
High Cup Nick Dufton 4.0 253 1532

This makes a total distance of 13.9 miles, with 1608 feet of ascent and 2303 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #41
For more information on profiles, ascents and descents, see this page


Please note that I take no responsibility for anything that may happen when following these directions. If you intend to follow this route, then please use the relevant maps and check the route out before you go out. As always when walking, use common sense and you should be fine.

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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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