From Nenthead to Garrigill

  • A remote and wild walk over Flinty Fell
  • Connect two fascinating industrial villages
  • Contrast with the peaceful setting of Ashgill Force

I headed out of Nenthead by the mining road past the Heritage Centre before skirting the flanks of Flinty Fell and dropping past the plantation to the lovely waterfall called Ashgill Force. The return is over some wild woodland and one of the highest roads in the country, it is exceptionally remote up here (Nenthead itself is at 1,500 foot) but for me this is one of its greatest attractions. My latest visit was in high summer but I have walked over Flinty Fell when the cloud is down and it is bleak and potentially dangerous in such conditions. Not much fun either but when the sun shines it is a great place to be.

Recommend: Take an extra 1/2 hour and visit Garrigill, when there pop in the small village shop and the George & Dragon….you may be pleasantly surprised

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL31 North Pennines Buy Map
Start Point: NY 781437. From the Village store cross the road and head past the Heritage Centre to the road/track through the mines.
Height to Climb: 352 ms (1140 feet)
Terrain: Over the moors the paths are at best intermittent and certainly difficult to follow. If there is no views then it is best to use compass bearings
Eating & Drinking: Unsurprisingly the pub at Nenthead is called the Miners Arms and there is a good little tea shop at the cycle shop.
Similar Walks Nearby: Cross Fell from Garrigill
Cow Green Reservoir
Mines and Lands of Nenthead
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