Weardale Tuesday Walkers
Towards the Derwent Reservoir from the Baybridge Picnic Area
Important: In the event of bad weather walks may be cancelled or rescheduled for later in the same week so consult the www.weardale.uk website from 8am on the morning of the walk, before travelling.
Walk Route: The walk goes down the Derwent Valley from Baybridge on good paths and tracks with a short rough downhill section just after Cowbyer Farm. This is a most attractive walk with fine woodland and riverside sections, an old green lane, a large waterfall, good views and two visits to the “honeypot” Blanchland village. The full walk or the shortened version from Baybridge to Blanchland and back are excellent to reproduce for your friends and family.
Date: Tuesday 16th April
Start time: 10.00am Estimated finish time: 12.45pm
Easy walk, 5 miles, 400 feet of ascent.
Leader: Bill Heslop
All enquiries: Alan Smith Tel: 01388 517522
Starting Point: The picnic area in Baybridge. From Stanhope take the B6278 at the Grey Bull pub at the west end of the town turning left towards Blanchland at the top of the hill, after about 3 miles. At the end of the long descent and 100 yards after the left turn towards Rookhope the picnic area is on the left. OR From the west end of Rookhope take the Blanchland road passing through Hunstanworth and Townfield. About a mile after Townfield turn left at the T junction and the picnic area is on the left after 100 yards.
OS Map: Consett and Derwent Reservoir 307
Walks cost £1 to cover costs.
Toilets: The walk passes public toilets in Blanchland after one mile and then again after four miles.
Equipment for this walk: Walking boots and socks, waterproofs, small snack and drink, walking poles or stick, hat, gloves and scarf.
Accompanied children under 16 and accompanied vulnerable adults are welcome on this walk.
Dogs: Dogs on a short lead are welcome on this walk.
Disclaimer: Everyone taking part in any of our group walks does so at their own risk. The group works on the same basis as a group of friends who go out walking together. Walk organisers accept no risk for anyone attending any walk and will not be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss occurring on a walk or in connection with travel to and from a walk. None of our leaders is qualified or has first aid training but a first aid kit is available. Participants must read the walk description carefully and assess whether the terrain. distance and height gain of the walk are within their own and their guests’ capabilities and whether their equipment is suitable.