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Rookhope to Longlaw – Weardale Tuesday Walks – this walk is going ahead as planned

3 August


 Rookhope to Longlaw      

Important:  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.

Walk Route:  The walk follows the Rookhope Burn down to the steppingstones at Smailsburn then climbs for a mile from Rookhope Old Church at first steeply then gently to the ridge with the Stanhope Burn valley.  On the ridge are three large piles of stones which may or may not be Bronze Age burial mounds.  Passing along the ridge we skirt around the edge of Longlaw to visit the ruins of the former station at the top of the Rookhope railway incline path before dropping back to Rookhope on a little walked side path.  Some rough ground, lots of big vistas.  There may be horses in a field near the end but these have always been docile in the past..

Date:  Tuesday 3rd August

Start time:  10.00 am                     Estimated finish time:  1.00pm

Moderate walk, 5.25 miles                 Height gain:  800 feet

Leader:   Alan Smith                     Contact details:  01388 517522

Starting point:  Rookhope village hall car park DL13 2DA which is 150 yards further on from the Rookhope Inn if approaching from Stanhope, on the left.

OS Map No: Consett & Derwent Reservoir Explorer 307

Walks cost £1 to cover expenses.

Toilets:  There are public toilets between the pub and the shop in Rookhope.

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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