North Pennines Walk
Harter Fell & Grassholme from Middleton-in-Teesdale
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Walk Route Description
Starting from the bustling centre of Middleton-in-Teesdale this route includes a variety of scenery. The first section takes you along a section of the Pennine Way crossing the flank of Harter Fell from where wide ranging views can be enjoyed. Descending into the Lune Valley the walk continues alongside Grassholme Reservoir before using a section of old railway back to the start.
There are car parks and limited street parking in Middleton-in-Teesdale (Grid ref. NY947254) where a wide range of facilities, including pubs, shops and cafes are available. When parking, please be considerate to others. After parking leave the village by Bridge Street (signposted to Brough) heading south to drop down to cross the River Tees. Climbing up from the river you soon reach a road junction where the B6277 bends left. Almost opposite is a bridleway, which is also the Pennine Way. The bridleway goes to the left of the Kirkcarrion, a hilltop conifer plantation, but we need to bear right and follow the rather feint Pennine Way as it climbs steadily onto the flanks of Harter Fell.
Pass through the wall on the ridge and aim for a ruined barn which you keep on your right. Ahead lies another barn and you should keep to the right. Continue across a number of small fields to reach Wythes Hill Farm (Grid ref. NY921228). From here take the farm access road down to the B6276. Cross over and continue to follow the Pennine Way across field to Grassholme. Turn left and follow the lane across Grassholme Bridge. Reaching the other side of the reservoir, turn left through a gate (Grid ref. NY930215). Follow the path along the shore of the reservoir. After about 30 minutes walking, you reach the reservoir dam. Follow the access road uphill from the dam and turn left onto a minor road (Grid ref NY948224).
Stay on this road as far as the first junction (Grid ref. NY953227). Take the footpath on the left and follow this across fields to reach Eller Beck. Go over the beck and continue uphill to Westfield House. Follow their access road to a lane (Grid ref. NY957238) and turn right. Reaching a railway viaduct, climb up and cross the River Lune following the old trackbed for some way towards Middleton. A sign for Middleton directs you to the right at a farm. Continue across the road and follow the path, which follows the River Tees upstream as far as County Bridge where you turn right into Middleton.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1482 Crossthwaite common from Middleton-in-Teesdale - moderate - 9.8 miles/15.8 km
Walk 1483 Eggleston to Romaldkirk from Middleton-in-Teesdale - easy/mod - 9.8 miles/15.8 km
Walk 1484 Kirkcarrion from Middleton-in-Teesdale - easy - 3.5 miles/5.7 km
Walk 1485 Hamsterley from Middleton-in-Teesdale - mod/hard - 16.5 miles/26.8 km
Walk 1488 Railway Walk from Middleton-in-Teesdale - easy - 2.5 miles/4.1 km
Walk 2228 Romaldkirk Moor from Mickleton - easy/mod - 7.6 miles/12.4 km
Walk 3099 High Force, Low Force and the River Tees from Bowlees - easy/mod - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 1553 Hannah's Meadow, Baldersdale and Brown Rigg Moss - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 3424 Cronkley Fell from Hanging Shaw - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 3526 Hanging Shaw, Cronkley Scar, Low Force & High Force - moderate - 12.7 miles/20.6 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Pennine Way Map Booklet
Map of the 270 miles (435km) Pennine Way National Trail, between Edale in the Peak District and Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. This booklet is included with the Cicerone guidebook to the trail, and shows the full route on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps. This popular long-distance route typically takes three weeks to complete.
Great Mountain Days in the Pennines
An inspirational guidebook to 50 classic walks on the rolling Pennine landscape. The graded routes, between 6 and 13 miles in length, cover classic Pennine fells and moorland such as Whernside, Ilkley Moor and Pendle Hill; exploring the North and South Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, Howgills and Dark Peak. Many routes are also suited to fell running.
This pocket handbook to navigation will help you master the necessary map and compass skills for mountain walking. Chapters include map scales, symbols and contours, grid references, map reading, bearings, route planning and night and bad-weather navigation, as well as navigating with a GPS.