Muggleswick Walk – Weardale Tuesday Walks
Important 1: 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.
Important 2: We cross the River Derwent near the end of the walk without the benefit of a bridge. The Derwent is a proper river so bring wellies/crocs etc to change into and walking poles or a stick. If the river is likely to be too high and fastflowing we will put an alternative walk from a different start point on the website.
Walk Route: We climb via Muggleswick Church onto Muggleswick Park for views over the Derwent valley and reservoir. Rolling farmland then leads to two fine woodland trails. We cross the Derwent (see above) and view the remains of Muggleswick Priory with excellent explanatory boards. A beautiful walk over peaceful countryside.
Date: Tuesday 20th July
Start time: 10.00am Estimated finish time:1.15pm
Moderate walk, 5.5 miles, 800 feet of ascent.
Leader: Alan Smith
All enquiries: Alan Smith Tel: 01388 517522
Starting Point: The nearest postcode to the start is DH8 9DW, Priory Farm, Muggleswick. From the Grey Bull pub at the west end of Stanhope take the B6278 towards Edmundbyers. At the top of the ascent (after about 3 miles) ignore a left turn to Blanchland then a right turn to Castleside/Consett. After a long straight descent towards Edmunbyers there is a sharp right then a sharp left turn leading to a farmhouse on the left after 250 yards. 100 yards past the farmhouse take the narrow unmarked road on the right for a couple of miles to a T junction where Shotley Bridge is signed left. Turn right here into Muggleswick (signed after the junction) and park on the verge on the right after 400 yards.
OS Map: Consett and Derwent Reservoir Explorer 307
Walks cost £1 to cover costs (mountain rescue contribution, website hosting etc)
Toilets: There are public toilets in Edmondbyers to the left of the village hall.
Equipment for this walk: Walking boots and socks, waterproofs, small snack and drink, walking poles or stick, sun hat and suntan lotion.
Accompanied children under 16 and accompanied vulnerable adults are welcome on this walk.