Pennine Way Stage 11

National Trail Acorn

Rating for this walk is Hard

Middleton in Teesdale   bus service accommodation available camping food available shop pharmacy cash machine



32 kilometres / 19.75 miles linear walk

approx walking time 6 hours 20 mins Calorie Consumption1995 KCal

Highlights Wynch Bridge, Low Force, High Force, Couldron Snout and the highlight of the whole route High Cup 


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European Walking Route E2

Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25 000 Map OL31 North Pennines, Teesdale & Weardale

high cup nick panorama

From Middleton the Pennine Way is joined by the Teesdale Way albeit in the opposite direction, if of course there is an opposite direction to a walk? The going under foot is excellent and relatively flat along the side of the River Tees with some great sites along the way including Wynch Suspension Bridge, Low Force, the Sheep Sculpture and High Force.

Wynch Suspension Bridge River Tees Low Force 

Sheep at Low Force Trekmates keeps the sheep in the shade 

footbridge over the Tees close to Holwick Head House instruction on bridge

stone steps up to Keedholm Scar path along Keedholm Scar

bracken before High Force High Force safety

River Tees High Force above High Force

 telegraph pole planter

River Tees above High Force quarry blasting sign

A little beyond High Force and past the quarry on the opposite bank the way turns away from the river and heads up through gorse bushes and rabbit warrens onto Bracken Rigg.

crossing footbridge over a tributary of the Tees stone quarry on opposite bank

At the stone waymark turn right down to Cronkley where you pick up a farm track down to and over the Tees. Turn directly left and follow the river bank to Saur Hall Bridge. Turn right to Langdon Beck  left over the bridge to continue on the Pennine Way.

Just before Sayer Hill Farm the way climbs a bank and crosses grazing land before meeting the Tees again. Beyond Widdy Bank Farm the path gradually closes in between Widdy Fell and the river and becomes very boldery underfoot. Extreme care needs to be taken on this section so as to avoid a broken ankle or two! The Falcon Clints that edge Widdybank Fell are a great mask for Couldron Snout blocking out both the view and the sound but all of a sudden the curtain comes back and there it is!

grain beck footbridge maize beck

High Cup Nick looks out over High Cup Gill and the most amazing U shaped valley. If the weather and time are kind to you sit and marvel at this sight as it will stay with you forever.

pennine way stone sign

Dufton the start of the Teesdale Way and The Stag Inn



Coney Garth Bed and Breakfast and short stay breaks

Coney Garth Bed and Breakfast Dufton

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 Pennine Way Damian Hall  Trailblazer Guide to the Pennine WayA Wainwright Pennine Way Companion The Pennine Way by Paddy Dillon Cicerone

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