Thursday April 27th
Middleton to Dufton
0345 371 9734
DBB & packed lunch: £40.93
Expected walking time: 7h 22min
Actual walking time: 7h 46 mins including breaks
The day started dry but cloudy. There was a brisk easterly blowing which was great for me given that I was walking east to west. It blew me along all day. The walking along this stage was steadily uphill following the course of the Tees which was my constant companion.
My plan for the day was to have breaks at High Force, Cauldron Snout and High Cup before finishing in Dufton. With so little rain water levels in the river and streams were low. Even so both Low and High Force were heard before they were seen. Although High Force gets all the plaudits I think Cauldron Snout is the more impressive waterfall. This was the first time I’d climbed up the side of Cauldron Snout and there were plenty of others enjoying a bank holiday Sunday at the falls too.
The road from Cauldron Snout to about half-way to High Cup is horrible to walk on – stony and hard. Fortunately the PW eventually leaves the road and follows grassy paths for the final stretch to High Cup Nick.
By now the sun was making fleeting appearances but the wind was getting stronger. High Cup is truly a wonderful spectacle and well worth the effort to reach. Two others had bothered this Sunday whilst I was there to enjoy the hazy view across and over Cumbria.
From High Cup it was a straightforward descent into Dufton and I arrived at the YHA before reception was open.
Middleton in Teesdale 08:52
Low Force 10:08
High Force 10:40
Cauldron Snout 12:49
High Cup 14:56
Dufton YHA 16:38