Dufton Pike

  • A mini Matterhorn in the Pennines
  • Great views across to Cross Fell
  • Stay in the pretty village of Dufton

The fittest people in the country must live in Dufton. The temptation to take on the short, but unremittingly steep slopes and enjoy the excellent views from the small summit plateau must be so tempting many will do it on a regular basis. It is a great little peak, separated from the main Pennine massif and Brownber Fell by a deep ravine which it appears you could fall directly in to from the summit. The summit area is in itself interesting as there is not a stone to be seen and certainly no sign of a cairn. It is an evening walk for the connoisseur, in particular on a summer’s evening when the views towards the Lake District fells with a setting sun memorable.

The steep sides plunge at least 500 feet in all directions making this a ‘Marilyn‘ and one of only a few in the area. Most of the area is one large, uniform plateau and Dufton Pike stands out like a sore thumb or rather a small slice of a very large cake.

Recommend: Do the full crossing of Dufton Fell and visit the pretty little dell to the north

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL19 Howgill Fells & the Upper Eden Valley Buy Map
Start Point: NY 690250. Park near the pub (obviously) and head for the lane just after the sharp bend 50yards to the east
Height to Climb: 258ms (846 feet)
Terrain: Dufton Pike is steep but on short grass at least.
Eating & Drinking: The Stag Inn in Dufton offers a relaxing end to an evening visit o the summit of Dufton Pike
Similar Walks Nearby: High Cup Nick
Melmerby Fell
Great Dun Fell from Dufton
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