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Weardale Tuesday Walkers – this walk is going ahead as planned

17 July



The Rookhope Chimney and Grove Rake Mine

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 Overview:   We follow the line of the old Rookhope Chimney up the fell, explore Grove Rake Mine, returning down the Rookhope valley.  Lots of historical interest to be illustrated illustrated by old photos.  For the background to the Rookhope Chimney please read this article

Date:  Tuesday 17th July

Start time:   10.00am                    Estimated finish time:  12.30pm

Moderate walk, 5 miles.   Height gain:  650 feet.

Leader:   Alan Smith                      Contact details:  01388 517522

Starting Point:  The parking area opposite the Rookhope Arch, a mile from Rookhope on the Allenheads road, just after the turn to Blanchlands.    Nearest postcode:  DL13 2DE  Grid ref:  NY924429

OS Map:   Consett & Derwent Reservoir Explorer 307

Walks cost £1 to cover expenses.  This walk is open to locals and visitors to the dale alike.

Terrain:  The first half of the walk is over rocky, uneven ground and very rough pasture.  The second half is over good tracks and road.

Toilets:  There are public toilets in Rookhope between the shop and the pub.

Equipment for this walk:  Walking boots and socks, waterproofs, small snack and drink, walking poles or stick, brimmed hat for sun protection hat.

Dogs:  Dogs are not permitted on this walk.

Accompanied children under 16 and accompanied vulnerable adults are welcome

Hazards:  We will be walking past unguarded quarries.  The descent from the chimney is over steep rough pasture.  If the weather is misty we will do an alternative 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.


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