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Monk's Moor

Crags by the shooting house on Monk's Moor

Date: 19th January 2008
Distance: 7.3 miles
Ascent: 1405 feet
Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: NY946257

Walk Summary:
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

Pictures:

1. The trig point on Monk's Moor

The trig point on Monk's Moor

2. Crags by the shooting house

Crags by the shooting house on Monk's Moor

3. Middleton Common from Monk's Moor

Middleton Common from Monk's Moor

4. Monk's Currick on the top of Monk's Moor

Monk's Currick on the top of Monk's Moor

5. Hardberry Hill and Coldberry Gutter

Hardberry Hill and Coldberry Gutter

6. Harnisha Hill from Monk's Moor

Harnisha Hill from Monk's Moor

7. Tips above Hudes Hope Beck

Tips above Hudes Hope Beck

8. Hudes Hope Beck

Hudes Hope Beck

9. Skears Scars

Skears Scars

10. Waterfall on Hudes Hope Beck

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.


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