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Townsfield and Hunstanworth from Baybridge – Weardale Tuesday Walks

19 October


Townsfield and Hunstanworth from Baybridge

Important:  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 weather forecast is clear the website will be updated the previous evening.

Walk Route:  Starting from the Baybridge Picnic Area this walk passes through the hamlets of Townsfield and Hunstanworth and traverses some fine stretches of woodland. We visit a former lead mine and the remains of a 16th C  pele tower in Hunstanworth church yard.  The walk ends through the upmarket enclave of Newbiggin so be sure to wear your very best walking clothes.  There is a very steep ascent of 200 yards near the end of the walk and a steepish descent where a stick(s) would be useful.

Date:   Tuesday 19th October 2021

Start time:   10.00am    Estimated finish time: 1.00pm

Moderate, 5 miles, 800 feet of ascent.

Leader:  Alan Smith

All enquiries:  Alan Smith   Tel:  01388 517522

Starting Point: Baybridge Picnic Site nearest postcode DH8 9UB. From Stanhope take the B6278 at the Grey Bull pub at the west end of the town turning left towards Blanchland at the top of the hill, after about 3 miles. At the end of the long descent and 100 yards after the left turn towards Rookhope the picnic area is on the left OR From the Rookhope/Allenheads road, 0.75 miles from Rookhope, take the Blanchland road on the right to pass through Townfield and Hunstanworth . About a mile after Hunstanworth turn left at the T junction and the picnic area is on the left after 100 yards.

OS Map:   Consett and Derwent Reservoir  307

Walks cost £1 to cover costs.

Toilets:  The nearest public toilets are near the bridge over the River Derwent in Blanchland.

Equipment for this walk:  Walking boots and socks, waterproofs, small snack and drink, walking poles or stick, hat, gloves and scarf.

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.


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