North Pennine Ridge (Southern Section)

Distance 23 kilometres (14.5 miles)

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.    See also the North Pennines Ridge (Northern Section).

The North Pennines is one of England's most stunning landscapes, comprised of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, welcoming communities, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past, distinctive birds, animals and plants and much, much more. In recognition of its special qualities the area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The North Pennines is also a UNESCO European and Global Geopark - highlighting its globally important Earth heritage.

North Pennine Ridge Leaflet South (PDF, 997KB)