16th July 2005

A walk outside the Lake District - Alston to Milburn (Pennines).


Walk Overview
Time 08.35 to 16.20
Duration 7 hr 45 min
Distance 17.75 mile
Ascent 2800 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Alston - Garrigill - Black Band - Greg's Hut - Cross Fell - Kirkland - Milburn
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Route Map


Alston, just after the start of the walk.
Today I joined Andrew Leaney for a walk outside the Lake District (a first for me). Andrew is taking part in a project being carried out by the Wainwright Society to produce a new guide book based on AW's book "Pennine Journey". Today we were walking the route from Alston to Milburn, which will make up chapter 12.

Passing through the area of farmland between Alston and Garrigill.

The lovely little village of Garrigill.

Looking back down to Garrigill from the long easy to follow track which runs from Garrigill to Gregs Hut.

A little further along the track, this time looking across in the direction of Alston.

Cross Fell in the distance, seen across the vast area of moorland.

One of the many disused mines we passed along the route with Cross fell in the distance again.

Gregs Hut.
About 600ft below Cross Fell summit this former miners hut is found. The bothy is now maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association in order to provide shelter and basic accommodation for walkers.

Another view towards Alston. this one was taken from the path just below Cross Fell summit.

Cross Fell summit.

Looking in the direction of Melmerby Fell.

Wildboar Scar from the path below High Cap.

High Cap, part of Cross Fell and Wildboar Scar from the track just outside Kirkland.

Almost the same view, this time from the route we took through the area of farmland between Kirkland and Milburn.

Great Dun Fell behind Grumply Hill

Milburn village centre with Great Dun Fell behind (above the blue house).

Back in Alston to pick up the car left there at the start of the walk.

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Lake District Walks