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Chapelfell Top and Fendrith Hill Trig Point (the Swinhope Horseshoe) – Weardale Tuesday Walks

30 August

Swinhope Horseshoe Walk

Important:  1.  In the event of bad weather this walk may be cancelled, changed or rescheduled for later in the same week so consult the weardale.uk website from 8am on the morning of the walk, before travelling.  If the weather forecast is very clear the website will be updated the night before the walk.


1  Wayfinding on Chapelfell Top is difficult in mist so if there is mist at the start we will drive back to Daddry Shield and do a riverside walk along the River Wear.

2.  The ascent is steep and over rough ground.  The descent starts even steeper but is over easier ground and is quickly more amenable.  .

3.  The middle part of the walk is along damp peat hags which some people find off putting.

Walk Route:  The walk provides “easy access” to Chapelfell Top and Fendrith Hill ( trig point at 697m)  as we drive to an elevated position to start, and gives views down into Teesdale.   An invigorating walk with good views.

Date:  Tuesday 30th August

Start time:  10.00 am                     Estimated finish time: 12.45 pm

Strenuous walk 4.00 miles             Height gain:  1000 feet

Leader:   Alan Smith                     Contact details:  01388 517522

Starting point: Meet near the public toilets in Daddry Shield, postcode DL13 1ND, for a short car share to the start of the walk.  (From Westgate follow the A689 west for less than a mile to the wide and long bridge over the River Wear at Daddry Shield.  Turn left 100 yards past the bridge and park near the toilets).

OS Map No 31 North Pennines

Walks cost £1 to cover mountain rescue and website costs.

Toilets:  There are public toilets at the start of the walk.

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

Dogs:  Dogs on a short lead are welcome on this walk.

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 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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