Sunday, 9th August 2009


Walk: Threlkeld Side, Backstone Edge, Narrowgate Beacon, High Cup Nick, Murton Village
Start Point: Car park at Dufton Grid Ref: NY 688 248
Distance: 14 miles Ascent: 1,700 feet
Weather: Overcast in the morning with patchy sunshine in the afternoon
Accompanied by:

6 members of the group, led by Phil

Comments: Climbing up the Rundale Valley track we eventually made our way to the shooting hut. From here we headed across rough moorland to the summit of Backstone Edge. Skirting the Edge there were great views of the Lake District Fells and after passing Narrowgate Beacon High Cup Nick was revealed in all its glory.

Going 'down the nick' we followed a path above the boulders, then turned to head down a steep grassy path into the valley. The rocks on the valley floor provided the perfect spot for lunch before continuing down the valley and on to Harbour Flats. After walking through the picturesque village of Murton we headed across fields and through woodland to climb back up to the car park.


Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Gathering the troops near the start of the walk . . .


and heading up the Rundale Valley


Looking back down the valley to Dufton Hill


Time for elevenses before . . .


carrying on to the shooting hut


Rob checks out the view from Backstone Edge


Now what has taken the group's attention?


From this angle we can see that they have spotted . . .


the spectacular view of High Cup Nick . . .


and the start of our route down


What a sight!!!


Heading 'down the nick' . . .


our path traverses above the rocks . . .


but Ray prefers the 'hard' way


Pausing on the steep grassy slope before

Another group heads in the opposite direction . . .


but follow the path straight to the top


Sun highlights the valley


Walking through the picturesque village of Murton . . .


having bypassed Murton Fell . . .


the group takes a closer look at  . . .


Bobbin Mill cottage


The owl and scarecrow keep an eye on the vegetable plot at Shepherd's Cottage


and the Rowan tress are laden with berries


You don't see many hay bales . . .


in stacks like these!

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