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

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Walk Details
Great Shunner Fell stands at 680m, making it the third highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales. This route follows part of the Pennine Way, along the bridleway to the Summit.

Guaranteed stunning views over Wensleydale and over to Cotterdale and beyond, this walk is ideal for someone who enjoys a challenging climb. I used a TerrainHopper (a sturdy 4×4 all- terrain wheelchair) for this walk. The route starts at Hardraw and follows the bridleway. The start on the track is wide but uneven. It is a gentle climb all the way to the summit.

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Having passed through the open gate, the route continues on the bridleway until a fingerpost marks the route of the Pennine Way. Take this left hand turn and continue climbing up. The rough track is clearly visible. However, take caution! From the first limestone outcrop you will need to pick you route through the stones and peat bogs. There is a series of cairns marking the way to the summit, but in bad weather this route will require good navigational skills.

The summit of Great Shunner Fell is marked with a stone shelter, which gives a bit protection from the wind. 

With the right wheelchair, this route is a rewarding challenge for wheelchair users who want an adventure.

Please note, when I go out for an adventure of this type I am always well prepared and I am accompanied by able bodied people who are proficient in map reading and navigational skills.

The nearest accessible facilities are in Hawes.

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

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".

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