Race Head & Sedling Rake from Wearhead
North Pennines Walk
Region - North Pennines
County/Area - Durham
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km Ascent - 1200 feet / 364 metres
Time - 4 hours 10 minutes Grade - easy/mod
|Ordnance Survey Explorer OL31
|Anquet OS Explorer OL31
Walk Route Description
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This walk explores the high ground and open country to the north of Weardale. The start is the village of Wearhead on the A689 between Stanhope and Alston. Limited on street parking is available in the village although please be considerate to local residents. It is suggested you take a 1:25000 OS map to help with navigation as the area is criss-crossed by many rights of way.
From the bridge over the River Wear (grid ref. NY858395) walk north along the main road. Ignore the first turn on the right (an access to house frontages) and take the second street which bends to the left. Almost immediately bear right to locate the footpath/green track leading uphill with a wall to your left. Continue climbing to reach a lane (grid ref. NY862397). Turn right along the lane Almost immediately turn left up a track that leads past Halliwell House and into open country keeping the wall to your right.
Passing through a gate the wall switches to the other side and you soon reach a bridleway crossing from right to left (grid ref. NY468407). Turn right along this bridleway along Sedling Rake continuing for just under a mile passing Race Head en-route. There is a small area of woodland on your right before you meet a tarmac lane (grid ref. NY884404). Turn right down this lane to reach a walled lane on your left (grid ref, NY882401). The way ahead enters a field. With a wall on your left continue on this bridleway for approximately half a mile from the tarmac lane. Reaching the next cross wall turn right onto a feint path that follows the wall south west (wall on your left) at grid ref. NY886394).
The path continues down to a road junction (grid ref. NY883386) below Carr Brow Pastures. Turn right along the lane through a sharp bend to pass Level Gate on your left. Almost immediately take the rough track on your right to cross a road (grid ref. NY877392). Continue ahead a much better track that leads you to Allercleugh. Here, continue straight ahead, now on a footpath, to High Whitestones. The path goes to the left of the house and follows the access road down to Whitestones Farm where the path leaves the track to drop down to a lane (grid ref. NY868392).
The onward path goes between the buildings opposite, goes right towards a gate. The path then drops down to a road. Turn right and cross the River Wear almost immediately turning right onto an access track Waterside Farm. You are now on the Weardale Way. The route continues across a number of fields to reach the A689 near the bridge over the Wear in Wearhead.
Other walks nearby
|Weardale Circular from Westgate
|Cronkley Fell from Hanging Shaw
|Hanging Shaw, Cronkley Scar, Low Force & High Force
|Cronkley Scar & Cauldron Snout
|High Cup Nick & Cow Green Reservoir
|Meldon Hill from Cow Green Reservoir
|Tynehead and Ashgill Force from near Garrigill
|Garrigill, Alston & Nenthead
|High Force, Low Force and the River Tees
Recommended Books & eBooks
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.
Walking in County Durham
Guidebook offering detailed descriptions of 40 day walks, plus 10 traffic-free cycle routes along old railway trackbeds. Together they cover 450 miles and spread all over County Durham to show the region's history and natural wonders. The terrain covered ranges from field paths to open moorlands, from the North Sea to the high Pennines.