Frosterley - Stanhope - Hill End - Frosterley

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An interesting walk up into the hills on both sides of Weardale between the villages of Frosterley and Stanhope that reveals great panoramic views of the dale. On the route the walk passes through Open Access Land and skirts three old limestone quarries.

From Frosterley the walk starts with a small amount of road-walking as the route climbs steeply up through fields on the north side of the dale to enter Open Access Land. Further moorland-, field- and gully-walking follows before the route passes through the disused Ashes Quarry, from where the walk descends into the market town of Stanhope, the unofficial capital of Weardale. The route leaves Stanhope along riverside meadows, crossing and recrossing the Weardale Railway line on the way before rising steeply into the hills on the south side of the valley to pass by a couple of large disused quarries. The route then enters Open Access Land for a surprisingly flat walk to intersect the hamlet of Hill End. From here the route descends through fields and along a quiet road to return to Frosterley.

England - North England - Durham - Weardale

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Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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