W1: High Cup Nick
Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start Dufton car park (GR: NY689249) at 10.15am. 10 Miles. Hard. £7
After a gap of some years we are offering the opportunity, once again, to visit probably the most iconic view of the North Pennines, High Cup Nick. A deep U-shaped chasm on the Pennine fellside, this dramatic geological formation is part of the well-known Whin Sill, and overlooks the best glaciated valley in Northern England. Our route will take us over wild moorland up Threlkeld Side and past Rundale Tarn before we approach our viewpoint of the valley from the east. We follow the Pennine Way back to our starting point in Dufton. Please note this is a hard walk that uses stony paths and crosses open moorland.
W2: Grinton, Apedale and Harkerside Moor - new
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at parking area at the junction of the Leyburn and Redmire roads near to Grinton YHA (GR: SE047978) at 9.45am. 10 Miles. Moderate. £7
Our walk climbs steadily uphill as we make our way to the top of Greets Hill. Throughout the walk we will see remains of the lead mining industry that was so important in this part of the dale, and a fine example of an area supporting the more modern land use for sheep rearing and grouse shooting. From Greet’s Hill we make our way down to Dent’s Houses in Apedale where we turn west along the old Apedale Road to the head of the Dale. From here we swing round for a return across Harkerside Moor. Most of the walk is on shooting tracks giving easy to moderate walking with great moorland views throughout.
W3: Visit to Altberg Factory and walk to Willance’s Leap
Meet at Altberg Factory shop on Gallowfields Trading Estate DL10 4TG at 10.00am. 6.5 Miles. Moderate. £7
Our traditional start of Festival event is back by popular demand. Altberg is the last remaining boot manufacturer in England, and we will start the day at the factory to see how the boots are designed and made - for walking, the army and biking. There’s time for a cup of tea and a look round the excellent factory shop before a walk along Whitcliffe Scar with great views over lower Swaledale to hear about the famous but gruesome legend of Willance’s Leap.