North Pennine Walks
Date: 22nd September 2007
Distance: 6.4 miles
Ascent: 770 feet
Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: NY784353
A somewhat rough walk to the North Pennines summits of Bellbeaver Rigg and Viewing Hill with good views of the upper reaches of Teesdale.
Route Summary: Yad Moss - Crook Burn - Bellbeaver Rigg - Crook Burn - Viewing Hill - Green Hurth - Yad Moss
1. Burnhope Seat
2. The top of Bellbeaver Rigg
3. Meldon Hill
4. The infant River Tees
5. Looking up the upper Tees valley to Cross Fell
6. Viewing Hill
7. Crook Burn
8. Bellbeaver Rigg
9. The top of Viewing Hill
10. The Dun Fells and Cross Fell from the mine road
11. Harwood Common
Walk Detail: With the physio hopeful my knee could be fixed easily enough I wanted to try something a bit more ambitious in terms of height than my last couple of walks.
The fact that this walk started off so high up made this a good choice while the fact that most of the walk would be on rough pathless moorland made it a test for my knee as well. The views, especially of Cross Fell and the Dun Fells, were excellent from the outset and the everchanging cloud hanging over them ensured I was taking plenty of photographs.
While the walking was fairly rough in places I've certainly been over worse and it was lovely to see the seasonal change of the moorgrass in to the lovely red colour I like so much. Somewhat surprisingly I found Bellbeaver Rigg the most satisfying of the two summits in terms of the view although Viewing Hill did have a good view of Cow Green Reservoir in the descent. By this time I was starting to get a bit of an ache in my knee so being able to walk back on the excellent mine road proved to be just what I needed.
I enjoyed this walk probably more than I expected to and the scenery, though rarely changing, was first class and was just what I needed with worries over my knee and a fairly stressful week at work.