Thursday, March 13, 2008

High Cup Nick







One of the many treasures to be found on England's Pennine Way, a rugged walk that will take you down the hilly spine of England, is High Cup Nick. It is situated on the border's of Cumbria & County Durham and can be described as 'A deep chasm on the Pennine fellside, this famous nick, a dramatic geological formation at the top of High Cup Gill is part of the well-known Whin Sill, and overlooks the best glaciated valley in Northern England. Here you can see the grey-blue dolerite crags which also form High Force and Cauldron Snout (Waterfalls)'. I walked from the village of Dufton ,north to Maize Beck following it east to join the Pennine Way and on to High Cup Nick. It is an awesome sight and pictures simply do no give you the scale and majesty of it. It is a windy place so one needs to be careful when near the edges in certain area's depending on which direction the wind is blowing but it has to be seen from all 3 sides followed by a climb down into its deep chasm. You can finish your walk back in Dufton followed by a swift half in the pub.

5 comments:

SandraU said...

Now this looks like somewhere I would like to visit. Thanks for great pics. England IS cool!

Looking forward to Cowbar pics :)

pilgrim said...

Very cool. Nice pictures!

Tommy 3 Lions said...

Thanks for your visit :-)
All the best.

hotspur said...

great pics Tommy, I did this hike when I was 12 in 1962 wearing wellies because we coud'nt afford boots. I had blisters on me blisters, but a great hike i'll never forget it.

Tommy 3 Lions said...

Thanks Hotspur, Yes mate its a magnificent site and worth the effort to get there, It's amazing to think that you drive past it on the A66 but only a fraction of people see it in the distance and realise what a wonder it is. You need to make a return visit mate 1962 was too long ago :-) all the best mate.