Open access walks in Cumbria: North Pennine Ridge (Southern Section)

Following the spine of the Pennine ridge from Dufton to Hartside Pass this linear walk passes over Cross Fell which is the highest point in England outside of the Lake District. Partly following the Pennine Way National Trail and partly on pathless moorland this route rewards with stunning views throughout, especially those across the Eden valley to the distant Lakeland Fells. This linear route is a serious undertaking in any weather, and to help with navigation it is described in both directions.
View of Pikes from Knock Fell © NPAP/Elizabeth Pickett


Starting from the village green in Dufton village which is approx 3½ miles north of Appleby-in-Westmorland. Parking available in the small car park just off the village green.


23 km


  • Boggy ground
  • Off road sections
  • On road sections



  • Car parking
  • Public transport


Facilities nearby: 

  • Pub
  • Shop
  • Toilets