This is an unremitting stretch with the steepest climb directly out of Nenthead, so if you are staying overnight you may wish to sidestep one of those typically generous Cumbrian breakfasts.

Turn left off the A689 after just over a kilometre of hel ish gradient, past the disused lead mineshafts, and soon you will be crossing the highest point on the route – Black Hil . At 609 metres (just a tad under 2000 feet) it is 29 metres (nearly 100 feet) higher than Hartside. Once you have conquered the climb past Kil hope Law it’s plain sailing to Allenheads.