Northern England – Teesdale, County Durham
Distance: 18km/111⁄4 miles
Type: Valley and moorland
Where: Circular walk from Bowlees via Cronkley Fell and High and Low Force waterfalls.
Start/End: Bowlees visitor Centre car park (NY907283).
Terrain: Moorland and riverside path.
Maps: OS Explorer 21; Landranger 103.
The North Pennines, Britain’s second largest AONB, is one of the most remote and unspoilt places in the country, and hence often described as ‘england’s last wilderness‘. Slicing through this landscape of high, isolated moorland are the Durham Dales – Weardale, Teesdale and the Derwent valley. Unlike the more famous and crowded Yorkshire Dales to the south, the Durham Dales remain relatively unknown, but they afford some beautiful scenery and excellent walking. Three of the country’s finest waterfalls – low Force, High Force and Cauldron Snout – are found along the River Tees, all linked by the Pennine Way. In each case the waterfall has formed where the river cascades over outcrops of the Great Whin Sill. This highly scenic walk in Upper Teesdale leads you over wild Cronkley Fell, then back past low and High Force – both
very impressive sights.
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