Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Take in the Views with a Scenic Teesdale Ramble; Gig of the Week: Tellison Walk: Forest-in-Teesdale Circular Distance: 41/2 Miles

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Take in the Views with a Scenic Teesdale Ramble; Gig of the Week: Tellison Walk: Forest-in-Teesdale Circular Distance: 41/2 Miles

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Byline: Bob Woodhouse

WHEN the weather is set fair there must be no better place for a scenic ramble than the open countryside of Forest-in-Teesdale, close to the dramatic setting of High Force.

Starting from the Hanging Shaw lay-by on the B6277 we walk up the roadway towards the Forest in Teesdale School and continue round to the right behind the school building.

Walking ahead past a white walled cottage on our right, we pass between walls to a stone step stile and continue to a squeeze stile and then a metal field gate.

There are fine views away to our right as we follow the lane past Ebenezer Primitive Methodist Chapel (1880) before turning left through a metal field gate.

Our route continues up the sloping field towards the plantation and then swings right to a stile in the wall.

There are fine views along Teesdale as we negotiate a ladder stile and then pass through a metal field gate on our left side.

Heading diagonally right to pass through another gate in the wall we continue down the field beside the wall on our left to a stone step stile.

After crossing the next field we follow a ditch down to our right where another stile leads to the roadway.

Turning left we follow the road between two trees and past two black barns on the climb up Wool Pits Hill.

We leave the tarmac track by bearing left on a grassy track that runs through several fields and gates.

From this high vantage point there are superb views around Teesdale and across to the North York Moors.

The track then runs downhill to a gate in a stone wall with Malkin Hurst Caves in the hillside to our right.

Continuing downhill we pass through a double metal gate and walk below a stone built sheep shelter to cross a stile in the wire fence.

An arched mine entrance is prominent in the hillside on our right as we make our way towards the plantation.

Just before the trees we pass through a wooden gate in the wall at the foot of the hill and make our way up the slope to a gate in the wall. …

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