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North Pennines Walk
Cronkley Scar & Cauldron Snout from Cow Green

Outline Route Map Walk Grading

Region - North Pennines

County/Area - Durham

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km

Ascent - 800 feet / 242 metres

Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference NY810309
Lat 54.672806 // Long -2.296139
Postcode DL12 0HX (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

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The River Tees above Middleton-in-Teesdale offers walkers many interesting distractions including three waterfalls of note. This route visits one of these and covering a section of the Pennine Way also traverses some wonderful riverside scenery. Today the scene is one of tranquillity and beauty yet once the area covered by this walk was the centre of a major controversy when the construction of Cow Green Reservoir was planned for an area with unique flora. As might be expected, the flowers lost out to Government bureaucrats yet with many hours of hard work volunteers saved many of the plants by moving them to a new location.

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The start of the walk is the car park at Cow Green Reservoir (Grid ref. NY810309). The car park is signed off the B6277 at Langdon Beck. The car park offers superb views to Cross Fell, Great and Little Dun Fells, Meldon Hill and Mickle Fell amongst others and these North Pennine peaks set the scene for the walk. From the car park you retrace your steps by following the access road you have just used for about 4 km (2.5 miles) to reach a footpath and bridleway post on your right at grid reference NY846309. Go through the gate and bear half left to follow the bridleway sign. At the first field corner, reached after 200 metres, do not go into the field but keep right and aim for a pair of large gates in the wall ahead. Go through the right hand gate (or the hole in the wall to its right) and continue across the field towards Sayer Hill Farm. The footpath passes to the left of this building where you join the Pennine Way (Grid ref. NY852302).

Turn right onto the Pennine Way, which will be followed almost all the way back to Cow Green Reservoir. This National Trail is well way marked and easy to follow. The first section crosses pastures with a view of Cronkley Scar across the River Tees on your left. Soon the path reaches the River Tees and stays with it by-passing Widdy Bank Farm to enter a gorge. At times the path is strewn with boulders and some nimble footwork is required. The immediate surroundings are superb and with crag topped scars and the River Tees you can be forgiven for taking your time through this wonderful setting. The character of the path remains interesting until just past the point where Maize Beck joins the Tees and you are dramatically presented with the roaring waters of Cauldron Snout (Grid ref. NY814286). Today the flow is controlled by engineers but it still remains a superb sight.

The path continues up the right hand side of the waterfall with some easy scrambling required to gain the top. A little further upstream is a bridge (which carries the Pennine Way to Cauldron Snout) and the dam wall of Cow Green Reservoir. To continue turn right onto the clear track and walk up past the right end of the dam wall. The track continues for just over a kilometre to reach a junction (Grid ref. NY815306). Turn left here and after a short way right onto a footpath. This leads you back to the start of the walk.

 
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