Barnard Castle - Egglestone Abbey - Startforth - Barnard Castle

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This is a short but charming walk along the banks of the River Tees from Barnard Castle to the ruins of Egglestone Abbey, returning via a wooded valley and fields. Egglestone Abbey was founded in the late 12th Century by a group of monks from Easby Abbey at Richmond. The abbey suffered extensive damage, originally at the hands of both English and Scottish marauding armies, followed later by the added devastation inflicted during the period of the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the mid-16th Century. Visiting is free.

Note that the return from the abbey is along a wooded valley with a small stream. After wet weather it can be very muddy, so be prepared. An alternative parallel route along a bridleway outside the woods can be taken, which may be drier.

England - North England - Durham - Teesdale

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Cafe, Castle, Church, Good for Kids, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Woodland

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16.2 Miles