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Helm Wind Walk

32 km / 20 miles

The Walk takes its name from the notorious Helm Wind which often rages fiercely on the summit of Cross Fell, at 2,960ft the highest point on the route and on the Pennine Way. Care should be taken when attempting the Walk, especially in poor weather conditions.

The walk starts and finishes in Garrigill near Alston and may be walked either clockwise or anti-clockwise. It traverses Cross Fell and Great Dun Fell with its radar station golf ball. It passes through the Moor House National Nature Reserve and the sources of both Rivers Tees and South Tyne are near at hand. Ash Gill Force provides either a dramatic introduction or finale depending on which way round the walk is done!

Another shorter walk based on a similar theme is Troublesome Wind, one of a series with landscape-related themes being developed by the Royal Geographical Society (see linked paths below) whose website includes more details on the origins of this wind.


Path Type
Anytime Challenges
Anytime Challenges; Challenging; Moorland
Start and Finish
NY744415 - Garrigill, Cumbria
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Helm Wind Walk (LDWA Cumbria Group)
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Ghyll Burn Cottage  (bookable online)
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Kirkland Hall Cottages  (bookable online)
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Isaac's Byre  (bookable online)
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Route Profile:

31.2 Km (19.4 miles)
844 m (2,769 ft) ascent
890 m (2,920 ft)  maximum height