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Weardale Tuesday Walks – this walk is going ahead as planned.

21 May


Walk up the Rookhope Burn from Eastgate

Important:  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.

Walk Route:  The walk at first follows the Rookhope Burn then veers off to reach Smailsburn Farm near Rookhope, returning to Eastgate along the Weardale way.  This walk has some of Weardale’s finest woodland (not a high hurdle), geological interest (two examples of the  little Winn Sill), a visit to old Brandon Walls Mine and to Weardale’s second largest lime kiln complex, waterfalls and a hydroelectric plant but is still only £1.  The difficulties are:

  1. There is one short steep descent. 2. There is a 200 yard stretch near the Rookhope Burn which is wet all year round but boggy after rain. 3.  The first mile of the walk between the Rookhope/Eastgate road and the burn is on a poorly maintained footpath. There are always 4/5 spots which are more difficult to pass due to eroded footpath, mud, overhanging branches, fallen trees, etc. Anyone reasonably agile will have no trouble.  An alternative is to join the main group for the first waterfall then walk up the road to the first footpath sign on the right where the walk joins the road.

Date:   Tuesday 21st May 2019.

Start time:   10.00am            Estimated finish time: 12.30pm

Easy walk, 4.5 miles, 350 feet of ascent.

Leader:  Alan Smith

All enquiries:  Alan Smith   Tel:  01388 517522

Starting Point: The car park of the Eastgate Village Hall, postcode DL13 2HU.  Coming from Stanhope turn right into Church Road which is  75 yards before the Cross Keys pub.  The car park is on the right after 150 yards, passing in front of the village hall.

OS Map:   Consett and Derwent Reservoir  307

Walks cost £1 to cover costs.

Toilets:  There are no public toilets on this walk.

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

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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