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Westgate Figure of Eight Walk – Weardale Tuesday Walks – this walk is going ahead as planned

17 March


Westgate Figure of Eight Walk

Important:  In the event of bad weather this walk may be cancelled or rescheduled for later in the week so consult the weardale.uk website from 8am on the morning of the walk, before travelling.

Walk Route:   This is probably the most beautiful and interesting walk in Weardale.  The walk follows the Middlehope Burn upstream past the Slitt mine, turns on to an old enclosed lane to the Rookhope/Westgate road to inspect West Rigg opencut SSSI, descends once more to the mine on a permissive path, rises to look at the mine reservoir and then returns to Westgate through Crooked Wells.

Date:  Tuesday 17th  March 2020

Start time:  10.00am                     Estimated finish time:  12.30pm

Easy walk, 4.5 miles                      Height gain:  500 feet

Leader:  Bill Heslop

All enquiries      Alan Smith :  01388 517522

Starting Point: The Westgate parking area, a converted pavement, opposite the caravan park.    Nearest postcode:  DL13  1JL

Walks cost £1 to cover contribution to mountain rescue, website etc.

Terrain:  Mostly on good paths and tracks.  The burnside path is usually wet so stay to the right when there are drops and use walking poles.  Poles are also needed for the two steepish descents on this walk – the pebbly permissive path down from the Westgate/Rookhope road and the grassy final descent into Westgate.

Toilets:  None.   The nearest are in St John’s Chapel and the Dales Centre, Stanhope.

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

Dogs:  They are permitted on this walk if kept on a short lead.

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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