Walking in the North Pennines

50 Walks in England's remotest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

By Paddy Dillon

This guidebook describes 50 day walks across the North Pennines, England's remotest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty taking in parts of Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland. Most of the routes are circular and they range from 5 to 14 miles, with something to suit all abilities. Route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50K OS mapping.



all year round - region famous for its bleak and blustery weather!


Hexham, Consett, Barnard Castle, Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and Brampton


a variety of terrain from riverside strolls and old railway trackbeds to rugged moorland; walks up to 14 miles (23km) in length but nothing difficult; ability to navigate essential because of changing weather conditions
Must See

Must See

England's last wilderness; Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; Vale of Eden; fascinating geology eg the Whin Sill (first Geopark in England in 2003); rich industrial heritage (eg Killhope lead-mining museum)
5 Jul 2016
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
  • Overview

    A guidebook to day walks in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), across Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland. The book includes 50 walks exploring England’s ‘last wilderness’, ranging from 5 miles (8km) to 14 miles (23km). Most are circular, though there are some linear routes, and there is something to suit all abilities over a variety of terrain. Route descriptions are illustrated with OS mapping and colour photographs, and the book includes details of local transport services, accommodation and tourist information centres. The walks cover a variety of terrain, from flat railway trackbeds to pathless moorland, and provide the opportunity to explore the striking geological features and fascinating industrial heritage of the area.

  • Contents

    Plants and wildlife
    Access to the countryside
    Getting to the North Pennines
    Getting around the North Pennines
    Tourist information and visitor centres
    Using this guide
    1 Geltsdale
    Walk 1 Brampton, Gelt and Talkin
    Walk 2 Hallbankgate and Cold Fell
    Walk 3 Castle Carrock and Geltsdale
    Walk 4 Croglin, Newbiggin and Croglin Fell
    2 The East Fellside
    Walk 5 Hartside, Black Fell and Renwick
    Walk 6 Melmerby and Knapside Hill
    Walk 7 Maiden Way – Kirkland to Alston
    Walk 8 Blencarn, Cross Fell and Kirkland
    Walk 9 Knockergill Pass – Knock to Garrigill
    Walk 10 Dufton, Great Rundale and High Cup
    3 Warcop Range
    Walk 11 Murton, Murton Pike and Murton Fell
    Walk 12 Hilton and Tinside Rigg
    Walk 13 Mickle Fell via the Boundary Route
    4 Stainmore
    Walk 14 North Stainmore and Slate Quarry Moss
    Walk 15 Kirkby Stephen and Nine Standards
    Walk 16 The Tan Hill Inn and Sleightholme Moor
    Walk 17 Bowes and Bowes Moor
    5 Lower Teasdale
    Walk 18 Greta Bridge and Brignall Banks
    Walk 19 Barnard Castle and the Tees
    Walk 20 Woodland and Copley
    Walk 21 Cotherstone and Romaldkirk
    6 Middle Teasdale
    Walk 22 Tees Railway Walk
    Walk 23 Middleton and Monk’s Moor
    Walk 24 Middleton and Grassholme
    7 Upper Teasdale
    Walk 25 Low Force and High Force
    Walk 26 Holwick and Hagworm Hill
    Walk 27 Cronkley Fell
    Walk 28 Cow Green and Widdybank Fell
    Walk 29 Cow Green and Herdship Fell
    8 Weardale
    Walk 30 Wolsingham and Frosterley
    Walk 31 Stanhope and Stanhope Dene
    Walk 32 Westgate, Middlehope and Rookhope
    Walk 33 Chapelfell Top and Noon Hill
    Walk 34 Rookhope to Stanhope
    9 Derwentside
    Walk 35 Waskerley Way – Parkhead to Consett
    Walk 36 Edmundbyers and Edmundbyers Common
    Walk 37 Blanchland and Blanchland Moor
    10 Devil’s Water
    Walk 38 Devil’s Water and Hangman Hill
    Walk 39 Dipton Mill and Dipton Burn
    11 Allendale
    Walk 40 Allen Banks and Staward Gorge
    Walk 41 Allendale Town and Hexhamshire Common
    Walk 42 Allendale Town and Allenmill Flues
    Walk 43 Ninebanks, Hard Rigg and the Dodd
    12 South Tynedale
    Walk 44 Alston, Garrigill and River South Tyne
    Walk 45 Alston, Lambley and Haltwhistle
    Walk 46 Slaggyford and Grey Nag
    13 The Dale-Heads
    Walk 47 Allenheads and Killhope Law
    Walk 48 Cowshill and Killhope
    Walk 49 Killhope Cross and Knoutberry Hill
    Walk 50 Nenthead and Nag’s Head

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful contacts

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    April 2018

    Walks 5 & 6 - The Hartside Top Café burnt to the ground in March 2018.

    Walk 10 - The stone hut near Great Rundale Tarn is now locked and no longer offers shelter in this remote and exposed place.

    June 2017

    Image error

    page 238 is a cairn on the summit of Dead Stones and not Nags Head.

  • Reviews

    Hats off to Paddy for producing such a stunningly varied collection of fifty walks that will enable you to get to know the North Pennines intimately.

    John Manning, Lakeland Walker magazine

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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written extensively for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.

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