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An Accessible Walk to the Summit of Great Shunner Fell, Yorkshire dales

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Walk Details
The third highest peak in Yorkshire, Great Shunner Fell stands at 680m and this walk follows part of the Pennine Way, along the bridleway to the summit. Weather permitting, the walk offers some absolutely stunning views out across Wensleydale and out towards Cotterdale and beyond.

We’re starting our walk at Hadraw and following the bridleway as it climbs upwards. It’s a wide track but uneven so watch your step. It’s a gentle climb all the way to the summit.

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Go through the open gate and continue along the bridleway until you reach a finger post that marks the Pennine Way. Take this left turn and continue with the climb upwards. It’s a rough track but it’s clearly visible. That said – you do need to take care as you approach the first limestone outcrop as you will need to pick your way through the stones and peat bogs. From here follow the series of cairns that mark your way straight up to the summit. If the weather takes a turn – you’ll need to use your navigational skills with your paper map and compass at this point! The summit of Great Shunner Fell is marked with a stone shelter that can offer a little protection from the wind.

Our route finishes at the summit – from here you will either need to retrace your steps or consult your map on how to get to your next destination.

Access TOG Verdict:
This is a great, albeit challenging, wheelchair accessible walk – you’ll need an all terrain 4×4 wheelchair for it due to the rocky track and the climb. With the right wheelchair, this route is a rewarding challenge for those seeking a bit of an adventure! I’d recommend you have an abled bodied person with you on this walk – and make sure you both brush up on your map reading and navigation skills first just in case they are needed!

The nearest accessible toilets are in Hawes.

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Garsdale, 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".