Tunstall Circular Walk
This route takes you around Tunstall Reservoir and through the stunning ancient Backstone Bank Wood, which hundreds of years ago was the site of iron smelt bloomeries and charcoal production.
There are good pubs and facilities in Wolsingham.
Turn left out of the reservoir car park and walk along the minor road to the reservoir dam. Go through the metal gate and walk along the top of the dam to the other side of the valley. Follow the track to the left, uphill and take the clear path into the woodland. Keeping the reservoir on your left, follow the path through the woodland to the track and turn left across the top of the reservoir. Follow the minor road back to the car park.
Route provided by the North Pennines AONB Partnership.
- Distance: 1-5 Miles
- Grade: Moderate
- Route Surface: Off Road
- Route Surface: On Road
- Theme: Forest / Woodland Trail
- Theme: Heritage
- Theme: Nature
- Theme: Rivers / Reservoirs
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- In countryside
- Walk Distance - 2 miles
|2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
Map & Directions
Take the A689 through Wolsingham towards Stanhope. Just before you leave the village, there's a junction on your right hand side signposted for Wolsingham School and Wolsingham Community Pool. Take this right turn and follow the road up past the school to Tunstall Reservoir. The car park is on the western side of the reservoir.