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Tunstall Reservoir and Sand Edge – Weardale Tuesday Walkers

20 December

Important:  In the event of bad weather walks 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.  (We are often able to update the website to say if the walk is going ahead the evening before).

Walk Route: We climb steeply up to the dismantled railway, seeing the outline of the medieval hunting park and 18C enclosure as we go.  We then follow the railway track before turning sharply back to cross heather moorland on Sand Edge and descend very steeply to Backstone Bank Wood, returning through the wood but with the option of a short cut over the world’s first pressure grouted dam.


Start time:  10.00am                                     Estimated finish time:  12.45am

Moderate walk, 8.6km or 7.7km.               Height gain: 130 meters

Leader: Bill Heslop                                      Contact details: Bill Heslop Tel: 01388 730855


Starting Point:  The car park on the west side of Tunstall Reservoiur.  Nearest postcode:   DL13 3LZ

OS Map:   Consett & Derwent Reservoir Explorer 307

Walks cost £1 to cover mountain rescue contribution

Terrain:  Footpaths, grassy tracks and rough pasture.

Toilets: The nearest toilets are in Wolsingham, while a basic facility at the car park may or may not be available.

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

Dogs:  Dogs are permitted 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 basic 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.



20 December