4. Askham to Dufton

So time for a change, today the route departs the Lake District and, after the hills of the previous three sections, today’s route provides a chance to rest those legs – a little – another long section, but a lot less ascent. Wave goodbye to the hills and venture in to lowland countryside and villages.

The route leaves the pretty village of Askham along the Windermere and Ullswater road, passing Askham Hall and Lowther Castle on the way to Hackthorpe, Melkinthorpe and Great Strickland. The route then passes through Morland, King’s Meaburn, Bolton and Long Marton before arriving in Dufton.

There are no alternative routes for this section, but you may wish to deviate from the route slightly to explore some of the lovely villages on the way.

Distance: 17 miles (27.4 km)
Total distance: 64 miles (103 km)
Ascent: 479 metres
Descent: 511 metres
Highest elevation: Highcross Wood, Newtown 240m
Terrain: A walk through farming country of the Eden valley; an undulating landscape of pastures, streams, hedgerows and woodland. Quiet villages with ancient churches.


Along the main route
End of Section 4 on the main route

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