My roommates were not early risers. and some were still in bed when I left at 8.15 so packing was done in the dark. Luckily I remembered that I had forgotten my Kindle when I was only 500m from the hostel.
The route goes up the Tees Valley past the cliffs at Falcon Clints. There are a couple of places where you have to cross large awkward boulders, which proved a pain with a large rucksack.
Eventually Caldron Snout came into view. This is the outfall from Cow Green Reservoir and is very scenic. You have to scramble up the rocks at the side of the falls, and a combination of wet greasy rock, heavy rain and a heavier bag made the trip rather more exciting than I needed.
From Cow Green you head off into the moors on a good track to Rasp Hill. Turning left I descended to Maize Beck which is followed to High Cup Nick. This should be the highlight of the day but yet again it was pouring with rain and very misty so there were no views. Keeping High Cup Nick on my left I eventually found the path and a straightforward descent took me to Dufton for 2.30. The hostel did not open until 5.00pm but the kind people at the Stag Inn let me get changed. In exchange I bought beer and passed a mellow afternoon.
Dufton Hostel was very comfortable, and I met an interesting character who claimed to have been everywhere and seen everything. Amazingly all the people in the dormitory were in bed by 9.30 so it was early to bed.