LEJOG Day 40 – Dufton to Haggs Bank 19.85 miles. Cumulative 721.07 miles

A damp evening at Dufton, fortunately there was a little hut we could brew up in and meet our fellow camper. A 66 year old gentleman who had always wanted to walk the Pennine Way and was walking the 268 miles over 13 days, camping but using luggage transfer.

A dry cloudy start to the day, with a couple of rain and hail showers midday and very windy all day. A bit of sunshine later in the day helped to dry out the soggy tent.

We started with a 9km climb out of Dufton, to Knock Fell firstly on paths and later on a track which had been tarmacked. Fortunately the cloud base wasn’t too low so we had fantastic views back to western Cumbria.

The next 6km was through Moorhouse Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve, although down hill and along a path it was quite tricky as there were multiple streams to cross and the ground was very boggy in places. We had remarked only a couple of days ago how dry it was in the Yorkshire Dales, with very little water in some of the rivers, this was quite a contrast.

Having made slow progress first thing, we decided to change the second half of our route to avoid Burn Hope Seat and followed a track into Garrigill instead. We then followed the Coast 2 Coast (C2C) cycle route, another steep climb before dropping down to Nanthead, for an unexpected tea stop and a chat to a group of 4 cyclists, riding the C2C over three days.

The last stretch to the campsite at Haggs Bank followed ‘Isaacs Tea Trail’.

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