The Eden Valley village of Dufton is a frequented overnight resting place for the brave (or deluded?) walkers of the Pennine Way - a 270-mile trek up the spine of Great Britain.
Located just north of the slightly larger and historic village of Appleby-in-Westmorland, it is the perfect place to put your feet up and reminisce some of the truly spectacular views you've lapped up in the hills.
You can reach the dramatic U-shaped valley of High Cup Nick from here, which is, without doubt, one of the best sights in the Lake District. Its absolute majesty will overpower you even with your eyes closed. Alfred Wainwright even went as far as to call it a "natural wonder".
The 18th century Stag Inn in Dufton is a self-proclaimed "very walker friendly" pub with real ale, comforting food and an inviting open fireplace. Expect to meet many other walkers in here who will be equally as gobsmacked and excited about the visual delights that are carved into the surrounding Cumbrian countryside.
Dufton Pike - the natural pyramid, if you like, of the Eden Valley - is one such carving. It is a notably striking feature of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and yet another thing that will catch your eye, keep hold of it and lure your feet towards it at the same time.
The walking is tough in these parts but, thankfully, we have cottages in Dufton to give your feet some well-earned respite at the end of the day.