In October fans of the special variety of bleakness that the North Pennines do so well have the chance to join a guided group on the classic linear walk from Cow Green in Teesdale to Dufton in the Eden Valley, taking in the spectacular High Cup (aka High Cup Nick, depending who you ask).
The walk will be led by Mark O'Keeffe, enthusiastic local walker and tourist guide.
The North Pennines are one of the wildest areas in England, and include the highest English summit outside the Lake District, Cross Fell (not visited on this walk). For more info see this UKH article.
'I'm passionate about the high moors of the North Pennines and spend nearly all of my spare time there. I hope to share my passion for the area and I would hope that other people will become as addicted to the stunning North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as I am. And the best way to do that is to go out and get your boots muddy!'
'The fact that the area is also a European Geopark is an ideal excuse to focus on the rocks under people's feet, the shape of the hills and the appearance of fabulous features like High Cup Nick.'
The 17 km (11 mile) walk is graded hard, and full hill walking kit and packed lunch will be required. The cost of the walk is £18 which includes a minibus trip from Dufton to the start at Cow Green. Meet at 9am on Saturday 8 October at Dufton car park (GR NY690250).
Advance booking is essential; contact event organisers the North Pennines AONB Partnership on 01388 528801