Experience the Pennine way & the Lake District through two days of hillwalking.

Lying with the Pennines to the east and the Lake District hills to the west, the beautiful Eden valley around the river Eden is a mix of lush green countryside, traditional towns and attractive sandstone villages some dating back to Viking times. To the south are the peaceful Howgill fells, a favourite of Alfred Wainwright.

The red brick buildings of Dufton and the Pennine way.
The red brick buildings of Dufton and the Pennine way.

Having walked the entire Pennine way national trail eight year ago i hold a strong appreciation of this area. I love the quietness and the blend of history of the Eden valley. In my opinion this is a hillwalking gem on the Pennine way. Quiet, gorgeous landscape (High Cup Nick is spectacular) and with good hubs of facilities and services, it is well resourced.

We will be based in the small village of Dufton. With a range of accommodation and with The Stag Inn pub, relaxation is assured.

On our first of two days we shall visit the glaciated valley of High Cup Nick. This is wonderful part of the Pennine way. Bring your camera! The land drops away in front of you and you are viewing a text book U-shaped valley, the aftermath of glacial erosion. Its a memorable point on the long distance path.

The second day of hillwalking involves walking to the highest point on the Pennine way, Cross fell at 893 metres of height, another great viewing point. This is a well trodden easily walkable path. We shall also aim to visit the famous Gregs Hut, a well maintained Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) hut which has seen many a visitor (read the visitors book) and has plenty of history. If the weather and inclination of people is in favour, then we can look at the possibility of wild camping up on the moors or completing a short night walk with head torches before returning for a drink. This is weather dependant and purely optional. Let me know if you are interested.

The wonderful High Cup Nick. Scenic glaciation.
The wonderful High Cup Nick. Scenic glaciation.

We have plenty of time to cover historical facts of the Eden valley such as the mining industry whilst topping up our knowledge on the flora and fauna. I have seen plenty of rare red squirrels in the valley. Fingers crossed again.

Walking each day will be between four to fifteen miles in distance. There will be hills to walk up and we will all discuss the route for the day in detail each morning before setting off.

If you are interested in joining myself  on this short break then please call 07792008862 or email matt@trekkingskills.co.uk to book.

The Pennine way & Eden Valley walking break is for two days.
Saturday 1st July – Sunday 2nd July 2017
Saturday 15th July – Sunday 16th July 2017

Price: £135 per person
Guide – client ratio: 1:4
Previous experience: None required
Length: Two days

Pre-requirements / Personal fitness:
You should be reasonably fit and able to cope with two consecutive days in the hills.
Swimming, running and hillwalking would be a good basis but i do not aim this break at the “super-fit.”

What accommodation and transport:
I do not include accommodation with this course. A helpful website can be found here http://www.visiteden.co.uk or http://www.duftonvillage.info

What is included:
The fee includes guiding only. You will need to provide your own equipment and organise your own accommodation, food and drink. I will provide you with a full kit list as part of the notes when you book.