North Pennines Walk
Cronkley Fell from Hanging Shaw
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Walk Route Description
This walk in Upper Teesdale, County Durham, takes you through some wonderful scenery typical of the area. The start is the small car park near Hanging Shaw (grid ref. NY867298) on the north side of the B6277 just under 6 miles north-west of Middleton-in-Teesdale.
After parking exit the car park and turn right. After a few yards, bear left down the driveway and continuing footpath down to the bridge over the River Tees (grid ref. NY862293). Once over the River Tees, bear right and follow the farm access road. Just after it bends to the left, leave the driveway to follow the clear path on your right. This leads without any navigational problems to High House (grid ref. NY856294) and the path along the south bank of the River Tees. Stay on this path for two and quarter miles passing beneath Cronkley Scar and Raven Scar. The path is flanked by steep ground to your right for most of the way. However, after passing through a wall at grid ref. NY833287), you reach a more open area. Pass through another wall in 300 metres into an enclosed field. About half way along this field bear left through a gate and follow a clear rising path/track onto Cronkley Fell.
The way ahead goes to the left of a walled enclosure and then soon after to the right of a further three walled enclosures. You are now descending and shortly after the last enclosure a wall appears to your left. The route parallels this wall, crosses Birk Rigg and a little further on you will see a gate in the wall on your left (grid ref. NY860280). Turn left through the wall and follow a well-used path to meet the Pennine Way (also the Pennine Journey) at grid ref. NY861282). Keep straight ahead on the Pennine Way continuing through Cronkley Farm. Stay on the Pennine Way to reach the bridge over the River Tees used towards the beginning of the walk. All that remains is to retrace your route back to the B6277 where a right turn takes you back to the car park.
Other walks nearby
Walk 3526 Hanging Shaw, Cronkley Scar, Low Force & High Force - moderate - 12.7 miles/20.6 km
Walk 3099 High Force, Low Force and the River Tees from Bowlees - easy/mod - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 3274 Cronkley Scar & Cauldron Snout from Cow Green - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 1683 High Cup Nick from Cow Green Reservoir - moderate - 12.8 miles/20.8 km
Walk 3336 Cauldron Snout from Cow Green Reservoir - easy - 3.6 miles/5.9 km
Walk 3593 Meldon Hill from Cow Green Reservoir - moderate - 9.2 miles/15 km
Walk 1005 Harter Fell & Grassholme from Middleton-in-Teesdale - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km
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
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.
Walking in the North Pennines
This guidebook describes 50 day walks across the North Pennines, England's remotest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty taking in parts of Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland. Most of the routes are circular and they range from 5 to 14 miles, with something to suit all abilities. Route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50K OS mapping.
The National Trails
This inspirational guidebook looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails, with information that allows ease of comparison and contrast, inspiring you to find out more and to take up a long-distance challenge. Some Trails are short and easy, others much longer, many have strong themes - they may follow a coastline, or traverse ranges of hills.