Hamsterley Forest – Weardale Tuesday Walks
Important: Walks may be changed, 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. (The website is usually updated the evening before the walk if the forecast is certain.)
Start: Meet at Wolsingham Station car park postcode DL13 3BF for a 5 mile car share to the start of the walk in Hamsterley. (For the car park follow Front Street from Market Square in Wolsingham west towards Frosterley for a short distance and turn left along The Causeway and over the Wolsingham Bridge. Turn left immediately to the car park.)
Description: This walk is a great introduction to the walking and cycle trails and the other facilities provided by the Forestry Commission in Hamsterley Forest. There is beautiful mixed woodland and scenic valleys and rivers. We follow the line of an old drovers’ road and pass the ruins of Metcalf’s House, once an old coaching inn with stables. Some steep ascents and descents.
Date: 2nd August 2022
Start time: 10.00am Estimated finish time: 1.30pm
Moderate/strenuous walk 6.3 miles, 700 feet of ascent.
Leader: Alan Smith
All enquiries: Alan Smith Tel: 01388 517522
OS Map: OL31 North Pennines
Walks cost £1 to cover contribution to mountain rescue, website costs etc.
Toilets: There are public toilets provided by the Forestry Commission near the beginning of the walk.
Equipment for this walk: Walking boots and socks, waterproofs, small snack and drink, walking poles or stick, sun hat and sun lotion.
Accompanied children under 16 and accompanied vulnerable adults are welcome on this walk.
Dogs: Dogs on a short lead are welcome 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.