Day 10 Middleton to Dufton 21 miles

Rated by our guidebook as Pennine Way gold. What can I say? It began so well with a lovely breakfast st the Brunswick Hotel in Middleton. I encourage you to stay there and marvel at their hospitality. A super breakfast and top packed lunch, including a delicious pot of salad and gherkin to go in the ham roll. Tyrell’s crisps! And homemade brownie which oozed in the heat but was yummy just the same. They also did our skanky washing and returned it neatly folded and sweet smelling. 

Walking away was tough but the riverside was beautiful and full of wild flowers. 

After this point I need to be brief because the walk was immense. 

Highlights: Three waterfalls Low Force, High Force and Cauldron Snout an impressive waterfall but a cheeky little climb/scramble up the side. Don’t look down or back. 

And bouldering. Should middle aged women do this? Ankleturning and dangerous I’d say. But there was no alternative. So onward ever onward. Through an airless hot valley which thankfully held the bubbling Tees where we drenched our buffs and head gear and dangled our feet when we could. It was 27′ – nothing had prepared us for this. 

Until we came on this – High Cup Nick. I was blown away by this, even in my utter weariness. 
Only a few more dusty hot miles into Dufton where we sank onto the YHA beds and inspected our feet. Not great. But it’s done. Tick. Shower, eat, sleep rinse, repeat. 

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