Great Dun Fell

  • Long walk through some mining remains
  • Unusual summit area with a large radar station
  • Wide ranging views over across Cross Fell & the Pennines

A surprising walk in so many ways! The highest road in Britain, one of the better sections of the Pennine Way, old mine workings and of course a ruddy great golf ball (sorry radar station) on the summit. The pretty village of Dufton offers a good start for this 11 mile walk (15 if you carry on to Cross Fell) and the route gradually climbs past some old mining works and on to Green Fell. The radar station has been a constant companion and once reached is quickly left! The tarmac road (the highest in the country, but private for cars) offers a quick descent to the valley floor but more sensible walkers will take the obvious signposted path across the moorland to join the upward track after a mile and a half.

For anyone who travels the M6 towards Penrith and has constantly seen the white radar station at the top of a line of fells this walk will satisfy them immensely.

Recommend: For those who have not yet climbed Cross Fell the extra 4 mile return (1 hour or so) is worthwhile but those who have crossed before will be unlikely to do it again.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,0000. OL19 Howgill Fells & Upper Eden Valley Buy Map
Start Point: NY 690250. Parking is available near the pub. The start of the bridleway is down the hill on the right.
Height to Climb: 725ms (2,378 feet)
Terrain: Good tracks and a tarmac road offer obvious routes if hard on the feet.
Eating & Drinking: The Stag Inn in Dufton is the obvious place to enjoy a pint and a meal
Similar Walks Nearby: Dufton Pike
High Cup Nick
Cross Fell from Garrigill
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