Burnhope Reservoir - Great Stony Hill - Burnhope Reservoir

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Burnhope Reservoir - Burnhope Moor - Great Stony Hill - Coldberry End - Grasshill Causeway - Burnhope Reservoir

Burnhope Reservoir lies in the western corner of County Durham in the centre of the rugged North Pennines. The reservoir, which was completed in 1937, has an earth embankment dam that was built across the valley of the Burnhope Burn and resulted in the complete submersion of the former village of Burnhope.

The walk starts with a section through the plantation bordering the north shore of the reservoir before emerging onto the open moors on a wide track along the valley of the Burnhope Burn, the feeder stream for the reservoir. The route then heads south up the northern slopes of the remote Burnhope Moor on a long, heart-pumping pull out of the valley on a good track, to cross the stony plateau ridge for a descent into neighbouring Teesdale. A little rough, undulating, moorland walking follows before the route climbs up to Great Stony Hill, one of Teesdale's highest peaks, from where there are unique views into the valleys of both Weardale and Teesdale. The walk concludes with a long, easy, picturesque descent back into Weardale to return to the reservoir.

The majority of the walk is on easy to follow, clear, wide tracks.

England - North England - Durham - North Pennines

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, River, Wildlife, Woodland
19/03/2019 - Jill Dixon

Walked this route today 19/3/19. Stunning views and straight forward to follow. Even though there had been a few days of heavy rain it was still fine whilst passing over a few areas off the main track. A few patches of snow still insitu.

27/03/2012 - Philip Scott

I completed this walk today in glorious hot and sunny weather, the north shore path around the reservoir was closed due to logging in the area, the sign said it was due to re-open on 010412. I didn't see any logging near the path so managed to sneak through, just something to check before you go. The route itself is easy to navigate on clear paths, the directions provided are excellent, there is some rough moorland walking but its not too bad. I would say that the route is moderate to strenuous as there are 2 stiff climbs but the effort is well worth it as the views from the top are outstanding, overall an excellent walk.

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