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South Tyne Valley
near Alston









From Dufton the Pennine Way leads up to Knock Fell (2,604ft/794m). Cross Fell can be clearly seen ahead and is approached via Great Dun Fell (2,780ft/847m) with its weather station, clearly visible from the Eden Valley and even further west. Soon you pass the source of the River Tees on your right as you begin your ascent of Cross Fell (2,930ft/893m), the highest summit of the Pennines. Cross Fell was visited, allegedly, by St Augustine who erected a cross to ward off the Devil and so gave the fell its name. Not far to the north is Fiends Fell, so perhaps the Saint was not too successful.

From Cross Fell you leave the views of the Eden Valley behind and descend east to the village of Garrigill and then Alston. Both places offer refreshment and accommodation, and it makes sense to stop overnight here after a long day on the roof of England.

From Alston the Way runs along the South Tyne Valley following the river across the county boundary into Northumberland, two or so miles to the north, and on to Greenhead and across the Roman Wall into Scotland.


walks & lakes
Walks in the
Eden Valley