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For visitors, the tiny settlement of Blencarn at the foot of the Pennines means just one thing – it’s the starting point of one of the shortest circular routes taking in Cross Fell. A mostly clear, grassy bridleway climbs from the quiet hamlet, across Wildboar Scar, all the way to Tees Head. From here, it joins the Pennine Way heading north-west across the summit plateau. The descent is via the old corpse road that once linked Garrigill, on the eastern side of the main Pennine escarpment, with its nearest consecrated burial ground – in Kirkland in the Eden Valley.