Walk 67 Stanhope Stepping Stones to Newlandside Quarry
Important: (1) In the event of bad weather walks may be cancelled, changed 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. If the forecast is clear the website will be updated the night before.
(2) The Tour of Britain Cycle Race is by coincidence going through Stanhope on Tuesday 6th Sept, involving road closures etc. The race is due to pass through at 12.12pm so should not be a problem for us.
(3) Bill reports that there were several fields with cattle and one with a bull on our route when he did a recce so we are allowed to skirt around these.
Walk Route: From the stepping stones at Stanhope ford we climb, at one point quite steeply, to Thimbleby Hill passing by some beautiful naturalised quarries, to reach the B6278 near Scurfield House. After the working quarry at Newlandside we descend on good tracks with fine views across the Wear valley to finish the walk along one of Weardale’s quiet and scenic back roads. A varied walk with lots of interest.
Date: Tuesday 4th September
Start time: 10.00am Estimated finish time: 12.30pm
Moderate walk 4.25 miles, 600 feet of ascent.
Leader: Bill Heslop
All enquiries: Alan Smith Tel: 01388 517522
Starting Point: Meet at the far side of the stepping stones over the River Wear in Stanhope – from the west end of Stanhope take the B6278 towards Barnard Castle for half a mile and park near the stepping stones and the ford, on the left before the sharp right hand turn.
OS Map: North Pennines OL31
Walks cost £1 to cover mountain rescue contribution, website hosting etc
Toilets: There are public toilets in the Durham Dales Centre in Stanhope
Equipment for this walk: Walking boots and socks, waterproofs, small snack and drink, walking poles or stick.
Accompanied children under 16 and accompanied vulnerable adults are welcome on this walk.
Dogs: Dogs are permitted 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.