On the other side of the hill, there's YHA Alston and Haggs Bank Bunkhouse (which also offers camping). Summit view: On a clear day, the view westward from the summit is extensive, looking across the broad vale of the Eden Valley towards the Cumbrian fells. There are several options in Dufton, including YHA Dufton and Dufton Caravan Park, which has a camping area for tents. Event tracker, to provide safety and dot watching fun for your family and friends. Many make their ascent via the waymarked Pennine Way, up to Knock Fell, over Great and Little Dun Fells and on to the impressive dry-stone shelter that marks the summit of Cross Fell. He put up a cross on the summit and banished the evil spirits and it thereafter became known as Cross Fell. Standing at 893m above sea level, we’d reached the highest point of the whole of the Pennine Way. Pack : Today I carried full camping gear. Cross Fell. Cross Fell is 893 metres high. Cross Fell is a summit in the North Pennines - Western Fells region or range in England. Please help UKHillwalking continue to provide varied and free content by becoming an official UKH Supporter. Langdon Beck to Dufton Alston to Haltwhistle Cross Fell and Great Dun Fell, the latter with its distinctive golf ball radar. It's created by the unique topography of the area, and is associated with the unusual cloud formations of the Helm Cloud, a heavy bank of cloud capping Cross Fell itself, and the Helm Bar, a long, snaking formation of rolling cloud that sits just above the ridge. If viewed through mist from a distance it might be mistaken for a landed flying saucer. 2. Lost path near Great Dun, south of Cross Fell. The path took us downhill out of Dufton through a delightful, canopy-shielded country lane, and then we emerged in the shadows of the hefty hills before us. Snow has been known to lie on Cross Fell for up to 140 days a year. The Pennine Way goes over Cross Fell from Dufton via Great Dun Fell to Garrigill and Alston. trailmasher: 07/08/2020: 4: Up on the roof of England (Dufton to Alston) nigheandonn: 23/04/2019: 4: Cross Fell & the Dun Fells : poppiesrara: 23/04/2017: 3: Up on the Roof : johnkaysleftleg: 17/04/2016: 3: Pocket full of Pennines. Knock is just 1.3 miles from the larger village of Dufton where there is a pub and just five miles from the historic town of Appleby. Alternatively, you may have camped or stayed at a B&B in Dufton. You can show your support and with recieve rewards. Cross Fell summit I was looking forward to my first sight of Greg’s Hut, a bothy restored by friends of climber John Gregory who was killed in a climbing accident in the Alps in 1968. Pendle Hill in Lancashire is one, Cross Fell and High Force in the North Pennines, and the Cheviot being amongst the others. An under appreciated mountain in my opinion. Low cloud, rain and cold. Read more. The 20-mile stage from Dufton to Alston is regarded as the hardest day on the entire route. I think this is the point where I conclude that I simply don't get the Pennine Way. Lost path. Nearby, the summit of Great Dun Fell becomes clear and as the water level continues to drop, the islands of Cross Fell and Great Dun Fell get larger and eventually merge into a single, larger island. The Pennine Way goes over Cross Fell from Dufton via Great Dun Fell to Garrigill and Alston. In the end I decided to leave Burney Hill for later in the year when the days would be long enough for me to include it in a walk with Cross Fell. Lost path near Great Dun, south of Cross Fell. A variation on this bigger theme is to walk the whole North Pennine watershed from Hartside to Dufton, taking in Cross Fell and High Cup: Route CardNorth Pennine Watershed Snow has been known to lie on Cross Fell for up to 140 days a year. Lost path. 5. The Pennine Way connection: Cross Fell is perhaps most frequently climbed by Pennine Way hikers. Hidden gem: The most direct route up or down Cross Fell from the Eden Valley side is via Wildboar Scar, and this path passes close by a small 412m summit called Grumply Hill. The most popular way to climb Cross Fell is a start from Garrigill near Alston. Alex Roddie climbs everyone's favourite miniature mountain in the Peak District - Mam Tor, an easily won summit that's home to prehistoric remains and a spectacular landslip. Couple lost on Cross Fell. 3. Summit landmarks: There's a truly impressive cairn some distance away from the trig pillar. A 57-year-old male with hypothermia on Cross Fell. It used to be Fiends Fell on account of the angry spirits until St Augustine visited during his mission from Rome (597-604) to bring the pagan English to Christianity and to try to bring the Celtic church of the British under the dominion of Rome. Alex Roddie heads to the rolling high point of the Cheviots, looking for a place called the Bizzle. Don't miss High Cup Nick, an impressive geological feature popular with walkers, and the North Pennines very A 57-year-old male with hypothermia on Cross Fell. Alex Roddie discovers the delights of Garbh Bheinn, the jewel of Ardgour and among the greatest and most rugged of all the Corbetts. High winds, low cloud, rain and cold. We need to look at new ways to ensure we can keep providing our content and features whilst maintaining our key aim of allowing free access to everyone. A less frequented route: While Cross Fell is regularly climbed from both the south-east and north-east along the Pennine Way, the north-west ridge from  Melmerby Fell is comparatively little trodden. It is the only named wind in the British Isles. Low cloud, rain and cold. Advertise here. 4. Elsewhere on Cross Fell, you'll find the usual Pennine assortment of disused mines and curious ruins – approach with caution, and never enter abandoned levels. For our long-running series on Britain's best-loved hills, Alex Roddie gets his feet wet in search of the Helm Wind, on the moody giant of the Pennines. Lost man on Cross Fell. At just under 3000 feet,  Cross Fell's summit is the highest point in England outside the Lake District, and although this mountain is more plateau than peak, its sheer bulk gives it an undeniable physical presence. Cross Fell View Holiday home entices guests with 2 bedrooms with views of Durham Tees Valley and Tees Valley. High winds, low cloud, rain and cold. This would have been about the same time as British Cumbria became nominally part of English Northumbria. The route is around 30km (18.7 miles) in length with just over 1,000m of ascent. This venue also includes a patio. There's a little extra interest, too, in the rather grandly named Melmerby High Scar – a low band of broken cliffs overlooking the village of Melmerby. But on a warm summer's day it can be less bleak than you might imagine, with skylarks trilling overhead and a good chance of other walkers to chat to coming along the Pennine Way, which traverses the summit. Low cloud, windy, cold. The views are … Walking and Rambling in Dufton You can approach Cross Fell, the highest point along the Pennine Way from the hostel. Also in the cottage is a kitchen and a sitting room with woodburner and a conservatory with dining area. Guests at the holiday home can enjoy cycling nearby, or make the most of the garden. The Walk: There are a select few walks in the North of England that I have not yet done (written December 2008). Dufton Pike is a graceful, steep sided fell on the edge of the vast Pennine Moors. This is a place of big horizons, blanket bog, and peat hags. Dufton is famous for it’s Helm Wind: The Helm Wind is a named wind in Cumbria, England, a north-easterly wind which blows down the south-west slope of the Cross Fell escarpment. If you appreciate UKHillwalking then please help by becoming a UKH Supporter. CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IN THE LAKE DISTRICT & CUMBRIA. This solid and very well-constructed edifice is about 8ft high and has four walls protruding out to offer shelter, plus stone seating. This is the largest block of high ground in England and tends to retain snow-cover longer than neighbouring areas. It is advised that the ascent should be undertaken in fair weather as it requires some tricky navigation, although the descent is along a good track.