Sunday, 6th May 2012

Walk: Grassholme Reservoir, Harter Fell, Kirkcarrion, Middleton in Teesdale, Hury Reservoir, Blackton Reservoir, Blackton Bridge, Low Birk Hatt Farm, Hannah’s Meadow
Start Point: Grassholme Reservoir Grid Reference: NY 929 219
Distance: 14.3 miles Ascent: 1,600 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: A dry day with some sunshine and excellent visibility.
Comments: Four members joined the leader for this walk. For the first few miles the route loosely followed the Pennine Way with diversions to Harter Fell and Kirkcarrion. The latter of these is the site of a bronze age tumulus and reputed to be haunted. We left the Pennine Way at Middleton in Teesdale and followed the Tees Valley Railway Walk for a time. After leaving the Railway Walk the route then crossed Romaldkirk Moor into Baldersdale. Crossing the dam at Hury reservoir we followed the shore track and a permissive path around Blackton reservoir to rejoin the Pennine Way. Following the Pennine way for the next three miles we passed Low Birk Hatt Farm, which is notable for being the home of Hannah Hauxwell for many years. On our return to the car park we were pleasantly surprised to find that it had been raining there and we had missed it.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Grassholme Reservoir

 

Harter Fell

 

Kirkcarrion

 

Rolling hills

 

Someone doesn't like moles

Return to 2012 Diary                                                                                            Return to top