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NEW Aug.11-14 3 night in the Western North Pennines, High Cup Nick

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NEW Aug.11-14 3 night in the Western North Pennines, High Cup Nick


Join us for an all-inclusive 3 night trip to The North Pennines - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: stunning cascading waterfalls and colourful hay meadows, with homemade food in the small and cosy company of AAA fellow hikers.

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This is one of England's most special places - a stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, welcoming communities, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past, distinctive birds, animals and plants and much, much more. In recognition of its special qualities, the area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The North Pennines is also a UNESCO European and Global Geopark - highlighting its globally important Earth heritage.

The area, which was once dotted with lead mines, contains much of England's upland hay meadows and heath-land and large parts of its blanket bog - all of which provide a welcome haven for rare plants and animals. Animal species that are scarce in the rest of Britain thrive in the North Pennines and you may see red squirrels, otters, and black grouse as well as thousands of pairs of wading birds. Cycling, walking and horse-riding are made easy via hundreds of miles of trails from scenic bridleways over beautiful moorland to quiet country roads and long-distance walking routes including the famous Pennine Way National Trail.


Hiking up to High Cup Nick can be done from a hostel doorstep. This is one of the Northern Pennines classic walks with the goal being High Cup Nick, one of Northern Englands geological wonders. High Cup Nick is a classic U-shaped glaciated valley high on the western flanks of the North Pennines. A deep chasm on the Pennine fellside resembling a scar that could have been caused by a meteorite this famous place is a dramatic geological formation and part of the well-known Whin Sill. Formed by the sturdiness of grey-blue dolerite the crags are spectacular.

We plan to hike in Teesdale, situated in South West Durham, Teesdale borders North Yorkshire and Cumbria. One of England's most sparsely populated rural regions, Teesdale's dramatic countryside is picturesque and undiscovered. Bustling market towns nestle in the valley amongst unspoilt villages, the pace of life is relaxed with old traditions upheld and developed.

Teesdale is an outstanding rural destination that protects and enhances its beautiful natural environment and offers excellent facilities and activities to be enjoyed all year round.

One of the hike we plan to do will be along the river Tees to see the famous Low Force and High Force waterfalls.

High Force suddenly and spectacularly drops 21 m into a plunge pool below, making it England's highest uninterrupted drop of water.


Details for the programme of events for a typical AAA weekend can be found via the links below. Friday as Saturday's plan


There will be a minimum of 2 very capable hike leaders on this weekend, both with extensive navigational and leading experience and trained in wilderness first aid.

The choice of hikes will differ in distance and toughness and we usually aim to have no more than 15 people per hike. This ensures that the groups are not left waiting for long periods whilst the 30th person catches up.

Usually, you can expect the shorter of the hikes to be around 10 miles / 16km and the longer hike to be 16 miles / 25 km plus. This will vary according to the terrain and ascents.

AAA choose not to repeat the same hikes from previous trips, we also choose not to publish our hikes in advance, although we usually plan them ahead of the weekend. We will take into account our own local knowledge and that of the locals, along with the weather conditions, prior to announcing the hike options available.

We are passionate about hiking and experienced navigators as such we don’t need to repeat the same hikes on the same weekends.


AAA food quality has become well known within the Hiking Meetup community.

We typically greet you with a warm soup supper with cold meats/cheese and bread on your arrival on Friday night topped off with a large homemade cake.

You can enjoy Misha’s famous hearty porridge with fruits, nuts and honey both mornings topped off by a cooked breakfast, freshly brewed coffee and juice.

We believe your packed lunch is a personal affair and we provide you with all the ingredients for you to make up your own sandwiches, so if you want to make your own peanut butter and banana sandwiches here’s your chance. Fruit, crisps and biscuit snacks are also available.

After returning from your hike scones, jam and clotted cream are available with your afternoon tea.

Saturday dinner is a group event; members will help with some of the preparation whilst reflecting on the day’s scenery. Dinner is usually served at 8 pm and includes a wide selection of salads with meat and a vegetarian dish.

If you have any special diet requirements please let us know in advance so that we can accommodate your needs.

You will need to bring your own alcoholic drinks in advance, as AAA are not licensed to sell alcohol.

There is no need for additional expense or travel with a meal out at a local restaurant or pub.


We rented privately Dufton YHA for 3 nights just for our group.
The hostel is a large stone house with polished wooden floors and its own garden. It overlooks the village green in the centre of a pretty, 17th-century village in the Eden Valley, on both the Pennine Way and Cumbria Cycle Way.
It has even got a fireplace.
Accommodation is in male and female dormitories for 4 and 6 people. All bed linen is provided.


AAA events start and end at the accommodation venue so you will need to arrange your own transport to and from the accommodation.

Members have been organising lift shares within the Meetup group for a long time and AAA have also assisted members in organising getting to the destination.

If you want to lift share we recommend that you post a message on the Meetup “Discussion” page that is specific to this event.

AAA takes no responsibility for the lift shares and do not get involved with these private arrangements between members.

Please do not contact people regarding lifts on the “Conversation” thread below as this generates spam for all participants of the event.


• 3 nights accommodation in male/female dormitories

• Thursday night light supper,

• 3 Cooked breakfasts,

• 3 Packed lunches,

• 3 Guided Hikes by experienced hike leaders

• 2 Cream Tea

• 2 Dinner on Saturday & Friday.

• Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection.

Price does not include:
• Transport to the destination
• Alcoholic drinks and other incidentals


Once you have RSVP yes you are required to secure your place by making £225 bank transfer to:

Account Name: AAA LG
Sort Code 60-09-02
Account 69543038

Please, make ensure you add your Meetup profile name & Dufton as part of the bank reference to guarantee we can match your payment to the correct Meetup profile RSVP.


If your plans change and you need to sell your place this can be done by advertising it via the discussion page below. Places can only be sold to members of the same sex & after the trip is sold out.


Your safety is always paramount for AAA London Group!

All participants (members and their guests) on any AAA London Group walk or activity are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly. Failure to be equipped adequately can result in accidents and you might be declined from joining some of the more adventurous hikes.

If you are unsure of what is required to be equipped properly please refer to our information pages. We have listed the items and clothing that we and other professionals believe make up the ideal kit list for summer and winter hikes. We have even included some tips and guidance on buying kit to help you.

By signing up for this event you acknowledge and agree to the

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Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate insurance.

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