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.



Suitable all year, but only limited facilities in winter.


Dufton, Langdon Beck, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Barnard Castle, Darlington, Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesborough


Fairly easy terrain. Waymarked route. Some exposed moorland. Navigation skills required in fog or snow.
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1 Jun 2005
8 Jan 2013
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

    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
    Circular Walks
    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

  • Maps
    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

  • Updates
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    Aug 2017

    Page 13

    Correct information ref Cross Fell.

    Cross Fell is the highest mountain in the Pennine Hills of Northern England and the highest point in England outside the Lake District.

  • Reviews
    ​Very informative, capturing useful local information and history.

    Very informative, capturing useful local information and history.

    Alexander V, by email

    '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

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications, and has appeared on radio and TV. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.

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