Guidebook to the Teesdale Way. The 100 mile walk follows the Tees from its source near Dufton to the North Sea near Teesmouth. Described in eight stages, which takes up to 2 weeks to complete. It also includes route descriptions for a selection of 10 circular walks based on and around the River Tees.
SeasonsSuitable all year, but only limited facilities in winter.
CentresDufton, Langdon Beck, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Barnard Castle, Darlington, Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesborough
DifficultyFairly easy terrain. Waymarked route. Some exposed moorland. Navigation skills required in fog or snow.
Must SeeHigh Force (England’s largest waterfall), Fairy Cupboard caves, Piercebridge Roman remains, historic towns
This excellent trail follows the River Tees from its source near Dufton in the Cumbrian Pennines through the northeast countryside to the North Sea near Teesside.
The 100 miles of the Teesdale Way are described in eight stages that take up to 2 weeks to complete. The often exhilarating walking leads through varied country – wild moorland and deep dales, many with dramatic waterfalls, gentle pastures and industrial towns. As well as being an invigorating walk through unmatched river scenery, the Teesdale Way also presents a cross-section of the regions social, cultural and economic life; this it does from both present day and historical perspectives.
This guidebook is divided into eight stages. Each stage provides a moderate day’s walking along with the prospect of being able to obtain overnight accommodation. The stages are only suggestions; they can be varied according to individual walking pace, the weather, your accommodation requirements or other factors.
Not everyone will wish to tackle the Teesdale Way in one go. There is much to recommend exploring it in increments, concentrating on one or two locations at a time. A final chapter in this book describes ten circular walks designed to combine parts of the Teesdale Way with footpaths through fine countryside flanking the river on both sides.
Some Notes on Teesdale
About the Teesdale Way
How to use this Guidebook
The Teesdale Way
Stage 1: Dufton to Langdon Beck
Stage 2: Langdon Beck to Middleton-in-Teesdale
Stage 3: Middleton-in-Teesdale to Barnard Castle
Stage 4: Barnard Castle to Gainford
Stage 5: Gainford to Hurworth-on-Tees
Stage 6: Hurworth-on-Tees to Yarm
Stage 7: Yarm to Middlesbrough Centre
Stage 8: Middlesbrough to South Gare Breakwater
Walk 1: Langdon Beck
Walk 2: Cow Green
Walk 3: Bowlees Picnic Area
Walk 4: Cotherstone via Eggleston Bridge
Walk 5: Cotherstone via Barnard Castle
Walk 6: Greta Bridge
Walk 7: Barnard Castle
Walk 8: Winston
Walk 9: Middleton One Row
Walk 10: Yarm Bridge
Appendix 1 Mileage Chart
Appendix 2 Useful Addresses
Appendix 3 Further Reading
Appendix 4 Teesdale Way Accommodation List
OS Landranger 1:50,000, sheets:
91 - Appleby-in-Westmorland
92 - Barnard Castle & Richmond
93 - Middlesbrough
OS Explorer 1:25,000, sheets:
OL 31 - North Pennines
304 - Darlington & Richmond
306 - Middlesbrough & Hartlepool
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'This is another excellent guide book from the publishers Cicerone. Everything they publish is first class, reliable and meticulously researched. The books are neat enough to fit comfortably into an anorak pocket or ruck-sacks.
This guide is a must for anyone planning to follow the Teesdale Way. The coloured and detailed maps are a joy to follow and the directions and comments are very clear. This is the second edition of the 100 mile walk which will take in the region of 2 weeks to complete. Paddy Dillon has updated some of Martin Collins’ original text. He walked the route in its entirety only making small adjustments where accommodation may have changed or other places added, although as he points out: “It’s always wise to check current listings with tourist information offices….”. Perhaps the greatest changes have been entirely cosmetic, especially downstream from Stockton to Middlesbrough, where industry is in decline and nature is slowly greening the landscape. The Teesdale Way is dramatic and scenic in places, redolent with history and heritage in other parts, and all worth taking the time to discover”.
A lovely book to add to your library of walking guides.'
(Joyce Wilson, The Keswick Reminder, July 2005)
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States. Paddy is also a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.View Articles and Books by Paddy Dillon
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