Balderhead, Blackton and Hury Reservoirs provide the backdrop to this airy walk across the high Pennine moorland of the Durham Dales. Durham Wildlife Trust manages “Hannah’s Meadow Nature Reserve” which is one of the best examples of an upland hay meadow in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Traditional land management techniques help to maintain a species rich habitat good for wild flowers and bird life. June and early July are the best months to view hay meadows (the meadow is cut in mid-July) but the surrounding Baldersdale landscape provides challenges for walkers all year round. Limit yourself to an easy stroll around Hannah’s Meadow Nature Reserve. Or stride out across the more challenging terrain on the south side of the reservoirs following the Pennine Way towards Goldsborough Hill, How Beck Head and then return via Fiddler House and Hury Reservoir (south side) and Blackton Reservoir (north side). OS Map OL31 is essential for planning a safe route.
OS Map OL 31
Important: Hillwalking across the Pennine moorland is challenging and personal safety should be taken seriously. Plan a longer walk carefully. Wear sturdy footwear, weather proof clothing, have map reading skills and take food/drink.
|Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|