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North Pennines Gravel Bothy Overnighter

Searching for solitude and a safe place to sleep in the north Pennines
1 month ago
Trip Report

Great Dun Fell

The tarmac road up to great Dun fell is fair well known now. Reverred as the highest paved road it England, topping out at xxx after some xx incline. It's topped with by the 'golf ball' weather station for which the road was created. It's closed to traffic too, so you can weave your way up. If you're lucky, the helm wind will be having a quite day and you'll get clear views across to the Lake distrcu before heaind back down the way you came.

There is however a brideleway was that leads off the top and into the wilderness that is the north pennines, which has been on the to-do list for ages. A bit of research on google satellite showed it was certainly no dreamy double track, more a ill marked breadcrumb trail that would eventually lead you aff the otherside and down into Garrigil, merging with the more well used crossing that that pennine way follows.

So, in between lock downs and with an opoorune weatheriwndow, I messaged a mate Tom to ask if he fancied the explore and a night in Gregs Hut on the way back over, with a few beers in the put at garrigual. I also had some nut butters that I was skeen to sample.

Weather systems

I love watching weathe move over any landscape.

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The pub at Garrigill

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Finally we emerged into Garrigil and set eyes on the pub. Which was closed.

Bothy chef

Luckily Tom had bought all the good stuff.

Nub butter on porridge in the am.

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Make it a loop

Overnighters are bloody excellent for reseting. It was Sat AM and the week was forgotten.

Plans to make it into a Pennines/ edne valley loop so stand by for that.

The route we did here, which would make an excleet 12 hours of May.

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