Thursday, 18 March 2010

A-Walking: Teesdale Treats

Our three walks this weekend (14th March) were each conducted in the Teesdale area of County Durham. The A-Walk set off from the viewing point on the B6282 road near Heatherlea. The B-Walk started from Eggleston while the C-Walk commenced at Egglesburn. All walks finished in Middleton-in-Teesdale.

From the lay-by on the B6282 {NY 977 248}, the intent of the A-Walk was to visit Eggleston, Cotherstone (twice), Romaldkirk and Mickleby before arriving at our destination in Middleton-in-Teesdale.

We set off from the B6282 road at about 11.00 am. There were 8 people in the group: JB, JPB, PB, RB, KF, CH. LM and WM. WM led the walk.

We left the viewing area on the B6282 road using a north-easterly path that took us towards Bell Brook Farm on the road that passes through Foggerthwaite {NY 983 249}.

Bell Brook Farm
Maintaining our easterly bearing, we crossed Eggleston Beck at {NY 989 248} and then climbed up to Eggleshope House {NY 995 241} and the minor road that lay beyond it. We followed this to its junction with the B6278 road {NY 999 240}. Now turning right, we trekked along this road towards Eggleston.

At {NY 999 239} we turned onto a southerly bearing and walked down through the village in order to reach the B6282 road {NY 999 236}. At this point we turned left onto a south-easterly bearing. We stayed with the road until we reached a footpath at {NZ 001 235}. Now moving in a south-easterly direction we followed the path to West Barnley {NZ 005 230} and then, on the same bearing, to East Barnley {NZ 008 222}.

At East Barnley Farm, we joined the route of the Teesdale Way (TW) long-distance footpath and followed this in a southerly direction to Shipley Wood {NZ 011 210}. We continued along the TW and crossed the River Tees and the River Balder in close succession. We stopped on the bank near Cotherstone at {NZ 013 200} for our lunch break - overlooking the two rivers that we had just crossed.

River Tees
After lunch we continued along the TW, now following the west bank of the River Tees in a south-easterly direction. At Cooper House {NZ 023 191} we left the Teesdale Way by turning right onto a westerly bearing that took us into Mire Lane. We followed this into Cotherstone {NZ 012 193} and continued on our westerly trek across lots of narrow fields until we reached Cuckoo {NY 993 190} where we turned right onto a northerly bearing.

From Cuckoo we navigated a route to North Corn Park {NY 992 195} and then crossed the River Balder using the footbridge at {NY 992 200}. Maintaining our northerly bearing we then made our way to a minor road at {NY 994 207}. From here we followed the route of the Tees Railway Walk along the dismantled railway in order to reach Romaldkirk {NY 994 220} where we had a short tea stop.

After our very short break, we made our way back onto the dismantled railway at {NY 992 220} and followed it in a north-westerly direction to {NY 972 232}. At this point we changed onto a northerly direction in order to make our way to the small village of Mickelton {NY 974 236}. From here we made our way to Beckstones Wath Bridge {NY 976 242} which we used to cross over the River Tees.

Bridge over the Tees
After crossing the river, we turned left along its north bank in order to rejoin the Teesdale Way at {NY 976 246}. We now followed this (with all its ups and downs) along the edge of the River Tees until we reached {NY 961 248}. At this point we turned right and made our way to a farm access track just beyond Leekworth {NY 959 249}. We followed this track in a north-westerly direction to reach the B6282 road at {NY 951 253}. From here we had just a short trek into the centre of Middleton-in-Teesdale {NY 948 254} where our coach was waiting to take us home.

Many thanks to WM for organising such an interesting and exciting adventure for us today. We had a really great time. Use the buttons below to see where we went, how we did and some of the sights we saw.




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