Dufton (farmstead where Doves are kept) is a small village in Eastern Cumbria about 3 miles from Appleby-in-Westmorland. It is not far from the Pennines and is on the Pennine Way and the Cumbria Cycle way. Many of the cottages are made of local red sandstone and the pub the Stag Inn was built in the 18 th. Century.

The Methodist Chapel
The Stag Inn

The Horse Trough

The red fountain and horse trough on the green was provided by Mr Wallace of the London Lead Company. It has a Latin inscription that reads:

"There is a clear pool, whose waters gleam like silver. It is not tainted by shepherds, or by their she-goats grazing on the mountain. Nor is it muddied by cattle, or by birds or wild animals, or by a branch fallen from a tree".

The village green is surrounded by typical Cumbrian cottages and is lined partly with lime trees.

Dufton Ghyll

Close to the village is a nature reserve called Dufton Ghyll. It is a popular walking area and is run by the Woodland Trust. It is an area where red squirrels can still be found.


Bridge at the edge of Dufton Ghyll

When cold easterly air rises over nearby Cross Fell and falls down the steep escarpment it meets warm air which rises and causes a turbulent air stream called a local wind – the Helm Wind. At times this can cause 80mph winds across surrounding hills.

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