Forest in Teesdale Viewpoint 3 July 2011
Forest in Teesdale Viewpoint
My last report about Penhill described perfect but imaginary conditions.
This walk did not require any leap of imagination. Conditions were perfect from start to finish - warm sunshine, blue skies and views that stretched forever. It is a rare event to see Upper Teesdale in such conditions, almost as rare as finding a hen's wisdom tooth.
A small group met at the car park below the primary school in Upper Teesdale ably led by Ian Dale assisted by Jess. The route took us across the river to join the Pennine Way, then along a magnificent stretch of the River Tees below Widdy Bank, followed by a short climb up the Clints past the foaming waters of Cauldron Shout as far as Cow Green Reservoir. A walk along the access lane took us to a point where Ian's compass plotted a perfect route over Cow Green Rigg and a descent back down to the valley floor. Left to me and a compass we would still be up there! The return along the river was a bountiful delight of rich flower meadows at their very best.
The day was enriched by Graham Moss's geological observations and Ann and Joe's formidable knowledge of wild flowers. Stunning views, brown trout and peewit chicks were an added bonus as was conversation which ranged from podding butter beans, the delightful beers of York Brewery to the love-life of a local aristocrat.
This was one of the best walks I have enjoyed with SOC. The timing was perfect. Many thanks to Ian for planning and leading it. I am sure he will want to repeat the experience for the benefit of those who could not make it. It should not be missed. The icing on the cake was finding pints of York Brewery Bitter awaiting us at the local - almost too good to be true.