20a. (1) Cumbria, Dufton Village & Pike and High Cup Nick
Illustrates parts of Walk 12 "Around Dufton Pike and Walk 13 "High Cup Nick" in Paul Hannon's "Walking Country - Eden Valley where Cumbria meets the Pennines" OR Walk 35 "High Cup Nick" in Alan Hall's "Dalesman walking Guides - North Pennines"
View of Dufton Village from the Youth Hostel, with Dufton Pike in the background, the Stag Inn on the left and the old water fountain in the centre. Dufton is about 3 miles north of Appleby and the very busy A66 main trunk road, but once in the village you enter a much quieter and tranquil existence.
The somewhat isolated St Cuthbert's Church, Dufton, is 1½ miles northwest of Dufton Village. It was established in the late 12th century but most of the current structure, built of red sandstone, dates from about 1784 but the Norman character of the nave and chancel are retained.
Early morning cloud effects from outside Dufton Youth Hostel (England YHA).
Climbing up to High Cup Nick (Dufton Pike in the background, picture above).
The route up to High Cup Nick follows part of the Pennine Way.
Surrounded by limestone hills, High Cup Nick is a ridge of hard volcanic rock which is part of the Whin Sill. The weather turned rather nasty at this point and we retreated, and of course, the weather then improved!
Looking south-east from the track up to High Cup Nick.
Near Harbour Flatt Farm the sheep are being rounded up by the sheepdog ('the boss') behind them.
Many of the houses are built of red sandstone, some back to the 17th century and with lovely mullion windows (houses on right).
Dufton Hall Farm, also built of sandstone, mainly from rebuild in 1779.
A line of lime trees runs down the village green of Dufton.
The Stag Inn, prior to retirement to the hostel.
(2) A fine weather repeat walk up to High Cup Nick from Bow Hall Farm
To save time, you can drive up to just above Bow Hall Farm and park where the track begins. Looking back to Dufton Pike with the Vale of Eden beyond and the hills of the Lake District in the far distance.
Look out for the odd limekiln and the gentle unassuming semi-wild horses.
The early morning low winter sun causes spectacular light contrasts, as I hope the following sequence of pictures will show.
High Cup Nick first comes into view.
Looking back down south across Middle Tongue and Murton Pike.
High Cup Nick. High Cup Scar on the right is all in shadow.
Looking south-west from the apex of High Cup Nick along Narrow Gate above High Cup Gill. The mighty rock stack of Nichol Chair is on the right
The rock formations on Narrow Gate. High Cup Nick is a ridge of hard volcanic rock which is part of the Whin Sill formed by a massive up welling of molten magma that pushes up through cracks in the Earth's crust and then spreads out in softer rock layers. It slowly cools to a hard granite
The classical curved glacial valley of High Cup Gill.
Looking south from the east side on the top of High Cup Scar.
Looking south-west down High Cup Gill from above High Cup Scar.
Looking south-west along Narrow Gate (on right) from above High Cup Scar (in shadow).
The rock formation on Narrow Gate and Nichol Chair just right of centre.
Looking south-west down the glaciated valley of High Cup Gill.
On the left is Narrow Gate and on the right High Cup Scar.
Looking south over Middle Tongue and Murton Pike.
The semi-wild horses with Middle Tongue and Murton Pike in the distance.
Nearly back down as Dufton Pike and Knock Pike (right of centre-far distance) come into sight.
Collecting in the sheep (just above Bow Hall Farm) and bringing them down for sheep dipping and re-release into lower pastures for the winter.
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