Bowes - Girsby - Gilmondby Moor - Sleightholme - God's Bridge - Bowes

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This is mainly a moorland walk from the A66 village of Bowes that climbs steadily up onto Gilmonby Moor and reveals great panoramic views. The route eventually runs along the Durham / North Yorkshire county boundary before meeting the Pennine Way for a really delightful return to Bowes that includes a picturesque section along the River Greta.

From Bowes the route follows a quiet road through the hamlet of Gilmonby before entering Open Access Land. The route then climbs very gently at times through deep heather to intersect a shooters' track on Gilmonby Moor. The long, mainly flat track eventually passes the trig point on Citron Seat, the highest point of the walk. Shortly after, the route intersects and passes along the boundary fence between the counties of Durham and Yorkshire. The route then changes direction and heads north to intersect the Pennine Way at Sleightholme Farm. From here Sleightholme Beck is crossed before the walk rises and crosses Wytham Moor to leave the Open Access Land and descend to the natural feature of God's Bridge on the River Greta. The rest of the walk is almost all flat on good, well-maintained paths as the route intersects the alternative loop of the Pennine Way that eventually crosses the River Greta and re-enters Bowes past the imposing ruins of Bowes Castle.

England - North England - Durham - North Pennines

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, River, Wildlife, Woodland

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15.6 Miles