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Scarsike Circular Walk

  Walk Description: Distance: 5.1km    Time: 2h    Difficulty: Beginner    Ascent: 102m     Max Elevation: 555m This is a fine airy walk along a flat ridge, with glorious views throughout, totally at odds with the small amount of effort involved, like a walk from...
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The Hag Bridge Walk

Walk Description: Stanhope Walk: Stanhope Bridge to Hag Bridge Distance: 4 miles    Time: 1h 40min    Difficulty: Beginner    Ascent: 276 ft Description:  This is an easy, low level walk following an unspoilt section of the   River Wear on the outward leg where...
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Crow Coal Hill Walk

Walk Description: Distance: 1.2 miles    Time: 40 mins    Difficulty: Beginner    Ascent: 477 ft     Description:    If you’ve never walked up to a trig point (triangulation station) then this walk provides an easy and scenic way to break your duck.  It starts just...
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Carrs Top

Stanhope Walk: Carrs Top (the Easy Way) Length: 3.5 miles Ascent: 530 feet Time: 1 hour 45 minutes Map: Explorer OL31 North Pennines Start: Take the A689 from Stanhope towards Eastgate and at the outskirts of Stanhope turn left on the B6278 towards Middleton in...
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The Incline Path

Walk Description: Distance:   2.8 miles   Ascent:  620 ft  Time:  1 hour 30 minutes This is the Rookhope “gym”,  a continuous and not so gentle ascent on a good track with excellent views. On a calm day on the valley floor below the gusts of wind funneled down the...
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Linear Walk from Rookhope

Stanhope Walk: Linear Walk From Rookhope Length: 5 miles Ascent: 600 feet Time: 2.50 hours Map: Explorer 307 Consett & Derwent reservoir Start: Take the bus to Rookhope from Stanhope Market Place to the “terminus” next to the pub. (To make this a circular walk...
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Weardale Icons:

Gates Without Closure

Weardale’s beautiful sandstone gate posts were quarried, hand chiseled and set in place when labour was cheap, and when gate widths were determined by the needs of horse drawn vehicles.   (The English farm gate width had been set at six feet based on the width of the...

Baking The Daily Bread

Baking The Daily Bread – Weardale’s Bread Ovens: Bread ovens, built into the wall of many Weardale houses from medieval times onwards, are one of the unsung features of the dale’s architectural landscape. The ovens appear as large round or square...

Animals of Weardale

Villagers and visitors are just two of the many different species of animal who come to the Weardale for a variety of specific reasons: to work, play, breed… Some are here merely to fatten themselves up and become food for others. Nature is as demanding in the...

Dovecotes

Dovecotes, also known as pigeon lofts or culverhouses, were probably introduced to the UK by the Normans, and provided a nesting house for pigeons, which could then be domesticated and farmed on a large scale. In the Middle Ages only the lords of the Manor and the...
Pic n Mix:

Scarecrows in Rookhope

If you go down to Rookhope today you’re sure of a big surprise If you go down to Rookhope today you’d better go in disguise For every scarecrow that ever there was will gather there for a certain because Today’s the day the scarecrows have their...

Some Farmers Do av 'em

You will find some pretty exotic creatures in Weardale – and I don’t just mean the locals! If one day, you find yourself amoungst Alpacas don’t worry, it’s quite normal… Click on any picture to get the slideshow   Yes, Alpacas in...

Spring Lambs

Spring would not be Spring – in Weardale – without the visit of Spring Lambs… They bounce, they jump, they fit through the fence, dodge cars and cause havoc, but we love them… (with mint sauce!) – only joking. Apologies to our vegetarian...

Morris Dancing In Rookhope

Despite the greyness of the sky, there was plenty of colour and joy outside the Rookhope Inn. Several teams of morris dancers were entertaining the villagers on the 28th February 2015. Click on any image to start the slideshow. The Hexhamshire Lassies   The Hexham...
Weardale Pubs:

Grey Bull

A small local pub with open fires and a back pool room. The outside seated area is very popular in good weather. Grey Bull 17 West Terrace Stanhope DL13 2PB Tel: 07885 676575 Email:...

Pack Horse Inn

The Pack Horse is a former 18th Century Coaching Inn. It's a family friendly pub with a bar to the right and lounge to the left and a ‘sun trap’ of a beer garden to the rear. Cyclists...

The Frosterley Inn

A small traditional rural pub for locals, tourists, walkers and cyclists with friendly staff. Benches outside for the summer, designated smoking area at the rear. The Frosterley Inn 99...

Black Lion

A small old fashioned pub with a friendly atmosphere set off from the middle of the village. The C shaped bar has Sky Sports at one end and a pool table at the other with an open fire in...

Bay Horse Hotel

The earliest reference to the Bay Horse Hotel at Wolsingham is 1827, though it is believed to be older. The original building was destroyed in the early 1920’s when a raging fire burnt...

Hare and Hounds

The Hare and Hounds is a country pub in Westgate in Upper Weardale serving real ale and home made food, including a well regarded Sunday carvery which might need early booking. For warmer...

Cowshill Hotel

An old fashioned country pub serving real ale. Opens at 12 noon until around 11pm. Musicians very welcome. Cowshill Hotel Cowshill DL13 1JQ Tel: 01388 537236 Food and Drink: Friday and...

Black Bull

The Black Bull has been turned back to the1800s and been restored to how it must once have been, small cosy rooms, stone flagged floors, open fires, Victorian ranges, wooden beams, copper,...

Blue Bell Inn

Originally a pair of terraced cottages, the Blue Bell is a friendly and cosy pub with a bar across the front of the building leading to a small pool room, and with a beer garden to the...

Cross Keys

The Cross Keys at Eastgate is an early 17th century Weardale Inn set in the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A family run pub serving real ale, and fine wines, and...

Rookhope Inn

Situated in the beautiful Wear Valley in the quaint village of Rookhope, the Rookhope Inn is surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Rookhope Inn sits on the Coast to...

Golden Lion

The Golden Lion is a country pub situated on the Durham/Cumbria/Northumberland borders, ideal for exploring the North Pennines or stopping off on the C2C cycle route. The pub is a free...

Bonny Moorhen Hotel

The Bonny Moorhen is a lively country pub, with very friendly staff. It is a family orientated pub so your children and dogs are more than welcome to pop in. There is free parking nearby,...

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