Pennine Journey - Durham Section
End point: Blanchland (DH8 9SP)
DISTANCE: 32 miles
GRADE OF WALK: MODERATE
Start: Tan Hill
Total Length: 32 miles
The Durham stretch of the Pennine Journey starts at the highest public house in England, the Tan Hill Inn on Sleightholme Moor, and ends in the medieval village of Blanchland on the border of Durham and Northumberland.
Starting your walk at Tan Hill, which stands 1,732 feet above sea level, you will then walk along the moors before making your way into Bowes with its ruined castle and on to the quaint market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale. A lovely walk along part of the River Tees is followed by crossing over into Weardale before reaching the medieval village of Blanchland.
You will be amazed by the spectacular views of the wild moorland and hills and valleys as you wind your way through the Durham Dales.
Highlights: Bowes Castle; Woden Croft, immortalised by Charles Dickens as ‘Dotheboys Hall’ in Nicholas Nickleby; Hannah Hauxwell]’s Meadow Nature Reserve; Grassholme Reservoir; Middleton-in-Teesdale; Wych Bridge, the first ever suspension bridge; Low Force; Swinhope Head; Westgate-in-Weardale; Rookhope; views from Bolts Law; Blanchland.
- Distance: Over 20 Miles
- Grade: Hard
- Route Surface: Off Road
- Theme: Long Distance