High Cup Nick

Name of walk High Cup Nick
Date of walk 2019-07-03
Distance walked (miles) 6
Duration of walk 4 hours 30 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk High Cup Nick
Walked with Ged
Parking Pennine Way

On Wednesday Ged and I drove to Dufton to walk to High Cup Nick via the Pennine Way. A gentle there and back walk of 6.5 miles. There are circular walks, but I was looking to keep the distance to a minimum. The weather was glorious!

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Photo taken from my parking spot, at the end of the track, just beyond Bow Hall. Several other cars had parked by the time we returned. This is the Pennine Way. Take no notice of the distance on the sign, it is just over 3 miles to High Cup Nick. Parking here instead of Dufton Village car park saves a mile and a half off the route. After last week's walk, short is good!

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View back. It is a gentle, steady climb. All the lake district fells are in view.

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Dufton Pike.

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A closer view.

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O'er! Grouse? Sheep? Walkers? Could be the MOD further east. We get ready to duck, but five minutes later have forgotten all about it!

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The route goes past an old lime kiln on the hill left of centre.

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The old Lime Kiln.

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The valley is coming into view.

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High Cup Nick is a classic U-shaped glaciated valley, it is part of the well-known Whin Sill.

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View back.

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We take the high level route in.

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Hannah's Well, a clear spring on the rocky path beneath Narrowgate Beacon.

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Ged adds a sense of scale.

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A three photo panorama is needed to get the whole view in shot. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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The rock is dolerite sandwiched between layers of limestone.

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We take a brief detour around the other side.

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High Cup Gill.

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Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Then return for lunch.

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Stretching out in the sunshine.

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The isolated pinnacle of Nichol's Chair is supposed to have been named after a Dufton cobbler who not only climbed to its top, but soled a pair of boots while sitting there.

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Dolerite columns along the other side of the valley

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Time to head back.

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The view in the other direction.

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We take the lower path which skirts the edge.

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Last look back.

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View into the Eden Valley.

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We get to walk along some of the exposed bit of the Whin Sill.

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We meet and chat to a couple of walkers, we take their photo and they take ours. One had had a partial knee replacement, he was also a doctor and coroner who had once worked in my home town of Colchester, at Essex County Hospital. We met them again in the pub and chatted about knees and boots.

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The Stag Inn at Dufton.

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The water pump on Dufton Village Green was installed by the London Lead Company. The pub is on the left and in the distance, Dufton Pike.

The walk, which included a leisurely lunch, took four and a half hours, and was quite easy.

Jo.

 

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