Pennine Way Stage 12

Little Dun Fell path 

 Pennine Way Stage 12 Dufton to Garrigill simple map

Rating for this walk is Hard

National Trail Acorn




24 kilometres / 15 miles linear walk

approx walking time 6 hours 15 mins


pennine way stage 11

pennine way stage 13 

European Walking Route E2

Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25 000 Map OL19 Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley

Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25 000 Map OL31 North Pennines Teesdale & Weardale 

 water fountain in Dufton old Pennine Way information board in Dufton

The London Lead Company was at the centre of the economics of Dufton in the 18th & 19th Century providing employment, education in the form of a library and a school and a fountain in the middle of the village. The fountain has on it an inscription when translated from Latin reads "There is a clear pool, whose waters gleam like silver. It is not tainted by shepherds, or by their she-goats grazing on the mountain. Nor is it muddied by cattle, or by birds or wild animals, or by a branch fallen from a tree".

signpost leaving Dufton  Pennine Way lane leaving Dufton

The lane leaving Dufton is clearly signed going between a building on its left and a wall to the right before crossing the villages back lane and out into open countryside.

Pennine Way continuing along lane out of Dufton gate to stream

A gradual downward slope leads to a gate and signpost on the left hand side. Through the gate the path crosses the stream and continues along a stone path on its right bank.

 Pennine Way follows stream Pennine Way continues to follow stream

Beyond a double farm gate the path becomes a grass track, crossing over two small stone bridges before joining a farm track from the left that leads up to and through Coatslike Farm.

double gate barrier across path grassy path 

first slab bridge second slab bridge 

joining farm track approaching Coatslike Farm 

exiting Coatslike Farm entering wood lined track

The track out of Coatslike Farm passes through two farm gates before entering a wooded avenue of trees. There is a gentle slope within the trees and at one point a stone wall appears to the left and within it a window to the Eden Valley and the Lakes beyond.

wood lined track wall with a view

The track opens out again and heads to Halsteads Farm buildings. Passing by these buildings is a very muddy affair created by the location of the animal feeder just off the path. You may have to negoiate a herd of cows chomping away on sweet smelling silage. 

nearing Halstead Farm mud glorious mud or is it! 

climbing Cosca Hill view ahead from Cosca Hill

The mud recedes as the track rises onto Cosca Hill where you gain fine views all around before descending to a farm gate and stone stile on the left. After passing through the wall by which ever method you choose cross Great Rundale Beck and head along the track in front of you. The track turns 90° to the right to start a long gradual ascent to a metal farm and wooden footpath gate.

signpost at Great Rundale Beck crossing Great Rundale Beck

leaving Great Rundale Beck wide track gradually sloping upward

gate at the end of the track fungi on gate post

track to tree before curving to the left track becomes grass

The track heads for some solitary trees before curving around to the left and becoming a wide grass path over the moor. The path continues to curve, this time to the right whilst the Pennine Way leaves along a smaller path to the left that leads to a stone stile. The path follows the edge of heather to another stone stile with a strategically placed warning sign. "Danger old shafts and mine workings".

looking over Knock Pike and Flagdaw grass track continues upwards

leaving grass track for grass path path continues upwards around hill

 stone stile path through heather towards Swindale Beck 

stone steps mine danager

new bridge over Swindale Beck Swindale Beck

ignore wooden stile and take path up by the side of the wall first stone path waymark

start of climb to Currick chunk of gypsum on way up to Currick

small cairn towards Green Fell looking towards Great Dun Fell weather station

Knock Old Man (Currick)  view from the Knock Old Man currick

currick at The Heights Great Dun Fell still in the distance

start of Yorkstone slabs across Knock Flagslabs crossing bog on Knock Fell 

old posts guarding mine shaft meeting road up to weather station 

leaving the highest tarmac road in Britain climb up Great Dun Fell

Dunfell Hush getting closer to the radar station 

view towards Cow Green Reservoir north side of radar station in Great Dun Fell

towards Little Dun Fell and Cross Fell more slabs towards Little Dun Fell

looking back over Little Dun Fell Cross Fell from Little Dun Fell

another view of Cross Fell craved stone slab directing you along the Pennine Way 



Coney Garth Bed and Breakfast and short stay breaks

Coney Garth Bed and Breakfast Dufton

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