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Ettersgill and High Force

6 August


Starting Point:  Bowlees Visitor Centre Car Park- Donations requested for Parking. Just west of Newbiggin on B6277.

Post Code: DL12 0XF What3Words: cucumber.savers.amaze

Walk Route: We start by ascending north-west along a good track until we reach Dirt Pit. Terrain then becomes farmland and after we cross Etters Gill there is a short steep ascent.. Continuing across fields, we soon reach a tarmac lane and drop down to the old Methodist Chapel on the B6277. Continuing on good tracks, we cross the River Wear at Wat Garth with great views of Cronkley Scar and then follow the Pennine Way back past High Force and Low Force waterfalls back to Bowlees.

We will stop for our break at the viewing point overlooking High Force,about 2/3 through the walk.

Unfortunately there are no easy short cuts as this is basically a circular route but anyone wishing to return early can simply retrace their steps back to Bowlees.

Start time:  10.00am.                        Estimated finish time:  1.30 p.m.

A varied walk of c.7.5 miles               Height gain: 800ft.

Leader: William Wilson                            Contact details: Alan Smith 01388 517522.

Walks cost £1 to cover mountain rescue contribution.

Terrain: Good footpaths, gravel and tarmacadam roads. Couple of thistly fields and some paving stones which could be slippy if wet.

Dogs: Dogs are allowed on this walk but it does cross farmland and go through a couple of farmyards.

Toilets: Available at visitor centre.

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.


6 August
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