Area: North Pennines, Weardale
Starting point: Middleton In Teesdale
Ending point: Blanchland
Date of walk: 13th May 2016
Trails: unmarked paths & road walking
Distance: 20.09 miles
Difficulty: Moderate – Hard
Terrain: Road walking, hills
Weather: Cloudy, light rain
Today was a test mentally. As I gained height out of Middleton In Teesdale and hit the moorland, visibility was severely reduced due to rain and clouds. The footpath (if you can call it that) was lost pretty quickly and I find myself once again up and over walls. I’ve warned by locals, to be careful walking the fells to Stanhope as Adders reside here on the rocks, especially in the sun we have been getting. However, I can’t imagine they’ll be sunbathing in today’s weather. Either way, this is their home, so I better watch my footing more so, I don’t fancy getting bitten by a snake today.
I’m up on the moors, exposed once again, and today is the first and only day I have my waterproof jacket on. It has also dropped considerably in temperature. Map and compass is used through the first half of day, until I find my way over the hills and joined back on towards the long road into Stanhope. Stanhope is a stopped off point for people stopping off on the coast to coast walking/cycling route. I think its the last stop, so its a busy little village. As I enter into stanhope again, the 1st lady I come across says ‘oh you look weary’ LOL, Thanks love. Well I suppose I do, I take a little stop off a stanhope until once again I take the long road again into a small village called Blanchland. This is where I’ll be stopping, until I come back for Leg 2.