North Pennine Walks
Date: 19th January 2008
Distance: 7.3 miles
Ascent: 1405 feet
Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: NY946257
A walk on to the moors above Middleton-in-Teesdale returning via the valley of Hudes Hope Beck.
Route Summary: Middleton-in-Teesdale - Snaisgill - Monk's Moor - Hudeshope Beck - Middleton-in-Teesdale
1. The trig point on Monk's Moor
2. Crags by the shooting house
3. Middleton Common from Monk's Moor
4. Monk's Currick on the top of Monk's Moor
5. Hardberry Hill and Coldberry Gutter
6. Harnisha Hill from Monk's Moor
7. Tips above Hudes Hope Beck
8. Hudes Hope Beck
9. Skears Scars
10. Waterfall on Hudes Hope Beck
Walk Detail: This walk was a bit of a compromise as I couldn't go for a particularly long walk due to the shorter days and so I decided to go for somewhere fairly close in the North Pennines.
As it turned out, the morning at least, was probably the nicest day of the year up to that point but rather strangely I just didn't really enjoy myself. Perhaps the sun was too low and bright for taking good photos and the views too distant to really inspire or perhaps it was the rough detour I did to the trig point which spoiled the flow of the walk. Whatever it was this walk didn’t really click for me.
This was a shame as the view from the fine shelter currick at the summit was good and the short rim of boulders was also a nice surprise. The return along the valley of Hudes Hope with its ghostly remnants of past mining activity was also full of interest. If I was ever to do the walk again I would reverse the route and not bother with the trig point. That would probably make a much more satisfying experience.