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A Walk by Horsley Burn – Weardale Tuesday Walks

5 March


A Walk by Horsley Burn

5 March 2024

Important:  In the event of bad weather walks may be cancelled, changed or rescheduled for a later date so consult the weardale.uk website from 8am on the morning of the walk.  (We are often able to update the website to say if the walk is going ahead the evening before).

Walk Route: From the Village Hall in Eastgate we cross the Rookhope Burn to admire the waterfall, then follow roads, and a riverside path as far as Horsley Hall.  (The manor house at Horsley was built in the 17th century but much enlarged during the 18th century).  A gravel road then takes us due south to Horsley High Cottage from where we cross a grass field to follow the Horsley Burn downstream back to the road.  Those seeking a short walk can turn here while others will continue to Aller Gill Cottage.  Another gravel road then takes us again due south before we return to the fields passing Snape Gate, (early C18, with additions), Snowhope Gate (1381 to 1980’s) Easter House (a possible former Methodist chapel), and Snowhope Close (late C17 on site occupied from 1381 to 1975.  In 1941 J. Dalton had a Fordson tractor, the only one in Weardale).  From here we make our return over farm track, and field with a steep decent to the road to Eastgate.

Date:  Tuesday 5 March 2024

Start time: 10.00am.                   Estimated finish time:  1:30p.m.

A valley walk of c. 11 km             Height gain: 270 meters.

Leader: Bill Heslop                      Contact details: Alan Smith 01388 517522.

Starting Point:  The Village Hall, Church Lane, Eastgate, DL13 2HU.  Donation requested.

OS Ref: NY 95364 38890             OS Map: North Pennines, OL31

Walks cost £1 to cover mountain rescue contribution.

Terrain: Grass fields, gravel and tarmacadam roads.

Toilets: Toilets are in the Dales Centre, Stanhope.

Equipment for this walk: walking boots and socks, waterproofs, small snack and drink, walking poles or stick.

Dogs are permitted on this walk, but must be under strict control.

Accompanied children under 16 and accompanied vulnerable adults are welcome.

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.  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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