Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

An Area with a Salty Past; Gig of the Week: Tellison Walk: Greatham and Cowpen Bewley Country Park Distance: 41/2 Miles

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

An Area with a Salty Past; Gig of the Week: Tellison Walk: Greatham and Cowpen Bewley Country Park Distance: 41/2 Miles

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Byline: Bob Woodhouse

FEW signs remain of Greatham's earlier links with the salt industry but the village still holds plenty of interest while nearby land is crossed by scenic routes leading to Cowpen Bewley Country Park.

Starting from the Smiths' Arms on Front Street we walk in a southerly direction, and after passing Greatham House on the right, we turn right on the footpath that runs down a slope with allotments on our right hand and cross a wooden footbridge.

Our route bends to the left and runs beside Greatham Beck to pass through two metal gates and as we continue ahead between fences there is an area of woodland on our left.

As our pathway bends around the wood we catch sight of Eston Hills on the south side of the Tees and after a section of duckboards we turn right at the junction of routes.

There are open fields on both sides with a wire fence on our right and as our route bends to the left there is a clear view of Roseberry Topping in the distance.

As our path bends to the right there are tall trees lining our route which rises gently to join a gravelled track.

Continuing to the left we can pick out the outlines of the Transporter Bridge and at the waymarked post we walk ahead on the gravel track of the Native Tree Walk.

We join a grassy track and continue ahead to a metal kissing gate with a hedge on our right hand.

Our route bends left and then right before metal gates lead to a lane with metalled surface.

Bearing left down the gentle slope between hedges we cross Cloff Bridge and continue ahead between trees.

The track rises gently to pass the sewage works, on our left, and after crossing Cow Bridge we pass the works entrance on our left hand side.

Walking ahead we reach Cowpen Bewley Country Park and after turning left over a bridge there is a pond on our left as we continue towards the Visitor Centre.

Keeping left of the building we pass through a wooden gate and continue ahead between trees to reach a gravel track where we turn right towards a pylon.

Our route then bends left with the railway line on our right and pond to our left. …

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