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A walk from Spartylea around the River East Allen – Weardale Tuesday Walks – the planned walk is too exposed to Tuesday’s blustery wind so the walk will be from the Durham Dales Centre (DL13 2FJ) in Stanhope instead along Stanhope Dene and Crawley Edge. Dogs ok. One of Weardale’s best walks.

4 February

The River East Allen valley from Sparty Lea 

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:    A nice mixture of moorland, riverside, meadows and woodland.   The walk climbs up to Sipton Law, down to Old Man’s Bottom, and then follows two attractive sections of the River Allen East on the return.  En route we pass over a beautiful listed bridge, and pass by some interesting mining remains and a ruined bastle house.

Date:   Tuesday 4th February

Start time:   10.00am            Estimated finish time: 1.00pm

Moderate walk,  4.5  miles,  700 feet of ascent.

Leader:  Alan Smith

All enquiries:  Alan Smith   Tel:  01388 517522

Starting Point:  We meet at Sparty Lea, which is 2.5 miles further down the River East Allen valley from Allenheads, along the B6295.   The Sparty Lea village sign is about 800 yards before the parking area, which is opposite the old Methodist Chapel,  NE47 9UB, and down a slope to the left.

OS Map:   Hadrian’s Wall Explorer  OL43

Walks cost £1 to cover costs (mountain rescue contribution, website hosting etc)

Toilets:  There are no public toilets in Sparty Lea but Northumberland Council has an arrangement with the Hemmel Café in Allenheads to provide toilets in winter when the Council facilities are closed.

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

Accompanied children under 16 and accompanied vulnerable adults are welcome on this walk.

Dogs:  Dogs on a short lead are permitted 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.

Full details of these and other local guided walks are on our website www.weardale.uk.


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