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Meldon Hill +

Meldon Hill +

Postby Broggy1 » Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:24 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Knock Fell, Meldon Hill

Date walked: 28/06/2014

Time taken: 5

Distance: 26.3 km

Ascent: 913m

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Dry conditions made it a good time to return to the North Pennines this weekend and with no car of my own, I opted to take the long route to Meldon Hill via High Cup Nick from Dufton (Meldon is more commonly climbed from Cow Green Reservoir).

After being dropped off in Dufton, the initial stretches of the route are always pleasant as you gain height quickly and easily along the Pennine Way to High Cup Nick. High Cup is the undoubted highlight of the North Pennines and worthy of a walk in it's own right but today I didn't linger around as I had my targets set on Meldon Hill some 3 miles further away along much pathless, rough ground.

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On the Pennine Way out of Dufton

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First look at High Cup

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By the side of High Cup (no time to linger today)

Leaving the Pennine Way after crossing the bridge over Maizebeck Scar, I was soon making my way in and out of peat hags before hitting a good area of firmer ground alongside Great Millside Sike.

After crossing the Sike it was then a totally pathless hike up to the shattered Trig Point on Meldon Hill - an unspectacular summit but benefiting from it's central position with good views towards the Eastern North Pennines, Mickle Fell in the South, the Cross Fell Massif in the North and High Cup Nick to the West.

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Meldon Hill in the distance

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On route to Meldon

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Crossing Maizebeck Scar

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Pathless ascent up Meldon

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Shattered Trig point on Meldon Hill

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Eastern North Pennines from Meldon Hill

Cow Green Reservoir

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Mickle and Little Fell from Meldon Hill

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High Cup from Meldon Hill

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Cross Fell Massif from Meldon Hill

Time was on my side and as I hadn't encountered anything too wet just yet I opted to walk the pathless ridge (of sorts) over to Knock Fell (one I'd done before and much more easily ascended via the Pennine Way from Knock or Dufton).

The ground was certainly rougher during this part of the walk with many unrecorded ups and downs in and out of various hags but again the dry conditions helped and progress wasn't too bad.

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Peat Bogs on the Ridge to Knock Fell

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Distant Great Rundale Tarn stands out amongst the wilderness

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The Golf Ball of Great Dunn Fell is a good guide in clear weather as walking towards it leads you very near Knock Fell

Eventually I picked up a thin Vehicle Track that took me pretty much to the summit of Knock Fell.

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Top of Knock Fell

I'd originally planned to take the Pennine Way back to Dufton but the fact I hadn't visited the summit of High Scald Fell to the South got the better of me and I decided to descend via there to the Threlkeld Side Mine Track which would give me an easy route back to Dufton and my lift.......

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One of many good cairns on High Scald Fell (but not the highest point)

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Heading down Threlkeld Side with Dufton Pike ahead

Unfortunately though my lift never showed and after a quick pint in the Stag Arms I gave up the ghost and walked the two easy miles back to where I was staying in Long Marton.

A decent route, fascinating in it's early stages (High Cup) and final stages (Threlkeld Side) but rough and rather dull beyond there.
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