Walk: Great Shunner Fell

in Thwaite, North Yorkshire

As the third highest peak in the Yorkshire Dales, Shunner Fell is a great peak to get in the bag whilst in the Yorkshire Dales. This scenic walk starts from the small village of Hardraw, near the impressive Hardraw Force waterfall, the highest unbroken waterfall in England. Follow the well-marked Pennine Way as it winds through rolling hills and rugged terrain, offering an invigorating hike of around 8 miles.

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The Route

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  • Start Point: Hardraw, Hawes DL8 3LZ
  • Finish Point: Hardraw, Hawes DL8 3LZ
  • Distance: 8 Miles

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Walk Description

As you ascend, the path becomes steeper, rewarding walkers with increasingly spectacular views of the surrounding Wensleydale landscape. Upon reaching the summit of Great Shunner Fell, you are greeted with breath-taking panoramic views that extend across the Dales. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Lake District and the distant hills of Northumberland.

The route is composed of a mixture of well-trodden paths and some more challenging sections, making it suitable for walkers with a reasonable level of fitness. Along the way, the area’s natural beauty is complemented by rich wildlife, including curlews and plovers.

Ensure you are prepared with appropriate footwear, weather-appropriate clothing, and sufficient water, as the weather can change quickly in the area. The walk back to Hardraw retraces the path taken to the summit.

Related Accommodation

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The Homestead

The Homestead

The Homestead, Hardraw, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3LZ, United Kingdom

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