Dufton Geotrail

Welcome to a special landscape shaped by millions of years of natural processes and thousands of years of human activity. The landscape around Dufton has been nearly 500 million years in the making and contains some of the oldest rocks in the North Pennines. From explosive volcanoes and tropical seas to deserts, glaciers and miners — all have helped shape this beautiful landscape. This circular 6km walk around Dufton Pike will introduce you to some of the special features of the landscape. By spotting clues in the hills, valleys and buildings you’ll find out how to read the landscape and discover more about its fascinating past.
Walker crossing clapper bridge near Dufton Pike © NPAP/Elizabeth Pickett


Starts and finishes from the car park in Dufton village (NY689249 / CA16).


6 km


  • Boggy ground
  • Off road sections
  • On road sections



  • Car parking
  • Public transport
  • Tramper


Facilities nearby: 

  • Pub
  • Shop
  • Toilets