North Pennine Walks
Date: 4th November 2012
Distance: 6.5 miles
Ascent: 787 feet
Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Start Grid Ref: NY965197
A pleasant walk up to the gritstone outcrops of Goldsborough with wonderful views of Baldersdale.
Route Summary: Hury Reservoir - West Briscoe - How Beck - How Beck Head - Goldsborough - East Friar House - Low New Houses - Hury Reservoir
1. Hury Reservoir and Goldsborough
2. Looking along Hury Reservoir to a distant Shacklesborough
3. How Beck
4. Heading across the moors towards Goldsborough from How Beck Head
6. Lisa looking towards Hury Reservoir
7. On Goldsborough
8. Lisa on Goldsborough
9. Blackton Reservoir and the distant Balderhead Reservoir
10. The quiet country lane on the south side of Baldersdale
11. Hury Reservoir
12. Lisa walking back along the north side of Hury Reservoir
Walk Detail: After travelling up to Mickleton the previous evening for a meeting of the Friends of the North Pennines and spending the night at The Old Barn in Middleton (highly recommended) we wanted to do a shortish walk before heading home on the Sunday.
It was a cold, frosty, but bright start to the day as we left Middleton. However, as we drove down Teesdale we could see a huge bank of fog to the south. Just as I began to think I'd have to rethink where we were going for a walk we turned off into Baldersdale. In fact we were extremely lucky, the blue sky stayed above us but just miles to the south the bank of cloud and fog, which actually covered much of north-east England persisted most of the day.
Parking at Hury Reservoir, the lowest of three large reservoirs in the valley we were immediately treated to some glorious views across the still, reflective waters of the reservoir towards Goldsborough and, to the west, the prominent moorland bump of Shacklesborough.
From the reservoir it was a fairly simple, if slightly round about, walk across the moor to Goldsborough. Goldsborough is a flat-topped cap of gritstone on the fairly featureless Cotherstone Moor and although it is not particularly high it is a prominent landmark in the valley of Baldersdale. Particularly on the south side the gritstone outcrops are quite impressive whilst to the north there is a great view of Baldersdale and beyond towards Mickle Fell - the latter on this occasion had a covering of snow.
After spending some time exploring the top and soaking in the views we descended the moor to the minor road that runs along the south side of the dale before crossing a few pastures to reach the western end of Hury Reservoir. Finally, after passing through a field that contained a bull and a ram, we joined the permissive path on the northern shore of the reservoir which we followed back to the car. A pleasant end to a most enjoyable walk.