WALKERS tackling the highest point in the North Pennines will be able to take refuge from one of the country’s wildest winds following the repair of a cross-shaped shelter.

The dry-stone shelter at the top of Cross Fell, near Dufton, has been falling into disrepair for decades – but has been repaired thanks to a partnership of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Pennine Way Trail Partnership, Natural England and Cumbria County Council.

Local craftsman Laurie Lambeth, of Lambeth Stonework, led the restoration with Rob Brumfitt and Chris Goodier, two trainees from the Heritage Skills programme.

The completed structure now stands proud on top of the 2,930ft plateau, to provide sanctuary on all sides from the wind, snow and vicious Helm wind – the only wind in the UK to have a name.