This route is straight forward and is mostly well maintained and signposted. However, there are sections of the route that involve crossing rocks in or near running water require care to be taken and may be treacherous in wet conditions.
Circular | 11km (7 miles) | Difficulty: Easy
|Please note that the route given is a rough guide and should not be relied upon solely when planning a walk. Remember to plan ahead, get a proper map and ensure you have the right equipment.|
This route can be started at either Cotherstone or Romaldkirk. The route is written assuming a start from Romaldkirk, though parking in Cotherstone may be easier.
1: This first section of the route is mostly easy field walking. The route follows a bridleway then cuts across several fields down to the riverside.
2: This riverside section of the walk has some difficult paths to navigate. Some walkers may need to take care getting across some of the wet stones.
3: The route then reaches a river crossing where walkers will need to jump across some stepping stones. This should be no problem for most but could be problematic in wet conditions.
4: Eventually the route passes a bridge across the Tees. Walkers should ignore this (those interested in crossing this bridge should consider this route between Barnard Castle and Cotherstone) and carry on forwards to reach another bridge where they can cross the River Balder and head into Cotherstone. There’s no massively steep sections and once the route passes Cotherstone it follows the old Tees railway line.
5: This section of the route Its a bit boring along this 1 and a 1/2 mile stretch though the viaduct it crosses does offer some amazing views. Eventually the path along the old railway will come to an end in Romaldkirk.
Adapted from the Teesdale Way