Barningham – Stang Forest – Barningham Moor – High Moor - Barningham

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A very easy to follow, mainly moorland walk from Barningham Village up onto Barningham Moor to the south-east of the village, where the route straddles the County Durham and North Yorkshire boundary. With the exception of a half-mile section of rough moorland walking, the whole route is on clear roads or tracks. At the highest point of the walk on Barningham Moor near to Eel Hill, the panoramic views looking from the west through the north to the east are probably the finest views there are of what appears to be the whole of southern County Durham.

The walk leaves Barningham Village along a lovely wide, wall-enclosed byway that surprisingly includes the remains of a couple of old limekilns in remarkably good external condition, before the lane emerges onto a road. From here the route heads up a short, tree-lined bridleway to enter the Open Access Land of Barningham Moor. A long walk along a surfaced or unsurfaced track follows before the route enters the huge Stang Forest. After three-quarters of a mile of forest tracks the route emerges from the trees back onto the open Barningham Moor. A stiff climb up the moor on a largely unmarked track then follows, that delivers the walker to the highest point of the walk on Eel Hill, from where there are terrific panoramic views looking back up into County Durham.

A fairly flat walk across the moor follows on clear tracks that takes the walker over the border into neighbouring North Yorkshire. After the moor the walk descends a minor surfaced road before a little farm track-walking returns the walker back into County Durham. The final section is all downhill on a clear stony moorland track to return into Barningham Village.

England - North England - Durham - Countryside

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Wildlife

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