Dufton Village – A small rural North Pennines Village

Dufton is a small village that nestles under the Pennines, 13 miles from Penrith and 3 miles North of Appleby in Westmorland.

The Pennine Way, Pennine Bridleway and the Pennine Cycleway pass through the village.

The village is in an area still peacefully quiet, remote from the heavy tourist and business traffic to be found on the A66 and in the Lake District, which is only about 30 mins away.

The western dales of Yorkshire are also within half an hour’s journey by car.

Dufton was declared a conservation area on 27th June 2005. This defines the village as “ an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”

For more details of Dufton’s Conservation Status, click here

Dufton has a factory!

Not the sort where you’d see smoke belching from a tall chimney, but a small family run business producing wooden rakes which are used for a wide variety of applications. If you are a golfer, for example, chances are that the sand in the bunker you’ve just landed in has been smoothed over with a rake made in Dufton.

The Rudd family have been making these implements for several generations and John Rudd, with his son Graham, have been active in their workshop for more than sixty years.

Chicken Run!

Forget the Grand National and the London Marathon, the greatest race in the sporting calendar is undoubtedly the annual Easter Chicken Race held on the village green in Dufton – right outside the Stag Inn, of course.