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Dufton to High Cup Nick accessible walk, Cumbria

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Walk Details
A delightful walk set in the Eden Valley. High Cup Nick is one often referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the North” – it is a truly magnificent example of 500 millions of years of natural formation. From the very top the views take in the valley opening up under your feet, with the Lake District popping up in the distance.

This is a walk you may have seen Julia do in one of her TV series – the trek up to the top of this wonderful valley forms part of the Pennine Way.

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Our walk begins in the sleepy village of Dufton, in the Eden Valley, Cumbria. There is free parking on the village green and accessible (RADAR toilets) in the village.

The first part of the walk follows the country lane out of Dufton and very shortly you are heading up the bridleway, which leads to the top of High Cup Nick. The track goes up to Dodd Hill and Peeping Hill.

The climb to the head of High Cup Nick is totally worth it. The views from the top are breathtaking. On a clear day you can see right over to the Lake District.

We followed the track back down the bridleway, but on the return the views down the Eden Valley are very rewarding. Dufton Pike stands proud in front of you.

Our walk finishes at the top. From here you’ll need to retrace your steps back towards Dufton.

AccessTOG Verdict:
Although this is a bridleway, the terrain is very uneven, with some climbing over boulders required towards the top. I completed the walk in the TerrainHopper – a serious 4×4 all terrain wheelchair, which had no difficulty climbing the gradients and the rocks. Please take this into consideration if you plan to do the walk. Make sure that your chair can travel over the type of terrain that you will have to cross on this walk. The views from the top make the climb worth it.

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Appleby, Carlisle

Local Information

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".