Middleton in Teesdale
There was an excellent turnout of 16 for Steve and Carol’s walk on a bright day, including 2 potential new members. We headed up the Middle Side road and climbed steadily for a mile or so with great views of Teesdale. We somehow acquired a dog along the way which seemed keen to stay with us for the rest of the day but Ian Dale’s expertise “encouraged” it to return home. We left the road and descended through fields into a picturesque copse and soon arrived at the village of Newbiggin where we had a lovely coffee stop in the grounds of the chapel, reputedly the first chapel of Methodism, dating from 1759.
We climbed out of Newbiggin through fields to Bowlees, and then took a bridleway which provided more outstanding views before we dropped down to Dirt Pit Farm. We soon arrived at the High Force car park where we took advantage of the picnic tables to have our lunch.
We then crossed the river Tees and headed back to Middleton along the excellent path which is part of the Pennine Way. We enjoyed great views of the Tees along the way and after completing 10 very enjoyable miles, some of us finished the walk at the Bowes Museum Café. Another good turnout for the popular mid week walks.