Rising easily, this open bridleway once
served to connect the village with the intensive lead mining
activity of upper Great Rundale. Seek a kissing gate in the
wall on the left. This gives access to the direct ascent of
Dufton Pike, climbing the steep slope with evidence of rabbit
burrows on a popular grass trail up the south ridge.
The summit is a grass platform, unadorned with
even the pretence of a cairn, is the ideal place to sit and
gaze to neighbouring Knock Pike, a diminutive partner peak.
Looking eastwards are Brownber Hill, the limestone scars of
Great Rundale and the whole amazing Pennine scarp, which has a
propensity to attract cloud.
Westwards the huge expanse of the Eden
valley stretches attention towards the distant High Street
Appleby lies to the south and perhaps with
the occasion thump, thump you may be made aware of the Warcop
military firing ranges to the south-east.
Descending naturally north-west, the grassy
ridge comes to a wall, marking the edge of open accessland and
debars further progress to the lower pastured portion of the
ridge, known as Cosca Hill. Waymarks guide you to the right
along the green way to meet up with a track at a waymark post,
here turn acutely left following the footpath to a wall-stile.
Over to the right, an old coppice oak wood forms a fine haven
for birds at the foot of Great Rundale.
Carry on eventually meeting up with a vehicle track, keep left
at the junction and continue to follow the rising track. You
are now on the Pennine Way.
At the top of the rise the track swings
left flanked by the remnants of an old hedged lane leading
down through cattle pasture to a gate entering a lane beside
the remote former farm of Halsteads, the yard still
used for stock handling.
Follow Hurning Lane, soon to
become a confined green way via stiles. The muddy potential
relieved by recent ditching and flag paving. Two gates lead on
by Coatsike Farm into the approach lane. Where the track
starts to turn right, go forward with the Pennine Way
waymarking along a fenced lane via flag bridges and hand-gates
to re-connect with the lane used on the outward leg, turning
right to conclude the walk.
You can download a PDF of
Dufton Pike Walk from
Cumbria County Council.