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North Pennines Walk
Cronkley Fell from Hanging Shaw

Region - North Pennines

County/Area - Durham

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km

Ascent - 800 feet / 242 metres

Time - 4 hours 20 minutes

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference NY867298
Lat 54.663105 // Long -2.207703
Postcode DL12 0HA (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Cronkley Fell from Hanging Shaw
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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.

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