Contrary to popular belief there is a Wild Boar left in England, and it’s a monster.
Stage 3 begins in Dufton, and you bid farewell to The Pennine Way for almost the entire stage, re-joining it, just a mile before today’s finish line. After 5 miles of trail you soon cross under the A66 at Coupland, then soon after join trail to head over a river crossing just before Great Ormside, by St James Church. At Great Ormside you pick up 1k of lane before another 1.5k of trail to lead into CP1. A quiet road section into Crosby Garrett is next, where you strike onto trail once more, passing the picturesque Smarldale Gill viaduct, travelling alongside Scandal beck, and travel on to Ravenstonedale, and soon after reach CP2. Shortly after CP2 beings the day’s big challenge; it’s a serious one. Wild Boar Fell (708m) is an all too often neglected fell, possibly because there is no marked right of way over it, but there is a path. It is on access land, which means that you’ll face a stern climb from it’s North West side on the Pennine Bridleway, then leave that public right of way and head South along the ridge plateau, before veering off to the summit (cairn remains of a shelter). You’ll then head South still on access land to Swarf Fell (681m) and descend off Swarf Fell Pike and down over moorland to the road, and onto Garsdale Head Station (CP3)
You’ll next head up on the road onto Garsdale Common, before splitting away onto back onto the Pennine Bridleway, contouring Great Knoutberry Hill and Wold Fell, and descend to join the Ribble Way and soon after CP4 at Gearstones. You stay on the Ribble Way until you merge with the Pennine Way on Horton Moor and descend into Horton in Ribblesdale to the stage finish at Holme Farm campsite.