Hanging Shaw - Chapelfell Top - James's Hill - Hanging Shaw

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Hanging Shaw - Fendrith Hill - Chapelfell Top - James's Hill - Outberry Plain - Bank Top - Hanging Shaw

The walk starts from Hanging Shaw, a small hamlet of houses, farms and a school that also includes a car park and picnic area. From here there is a steady climb up through farmland onto Langdon Common, passing on the way a unique Teesdale caving system. The walk then intersects a stone quarry, from where virtually all of the basic building material for many of the older houses in the dale was quarried. At the summit of the fell the walk encounters the trig point on Fendrith Hill, the first of the two-thousand-foot peaks on the route.

A reasonably flat trek follows through the first of many areas of peat hags to the summit cairn of Chapelfell Top, the highest of the hills visited on this walk. The route then follows the upper contours of Swinhope Moor to intersect and pass a ski tow, before continuing across mainly grassy moorland to the cairn on Black Hill. The terrain once again rises to the summit trig point of James's Hill in another area of extensive peat hags. From here the route takes a straight there-and-back trip across the fairly flat plateau of James's Hill to the summit cairn of Outberry Plain through a long, difficult area of peat hags.

Back at the trig point on James's Hill, the descent starts on the flanks of the hill to encounter Carr Craggs, an area comprising huge boulders showing signs of four-thousand-year-old Neolithic rock art. The route then continues the long, undulating descent off the moor. The final lap descends through cultivated fields and includes a surprise visit to a delightful waterfall set in a picturesque gully.

England - North England - Durham - Teesdale

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Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, River, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland

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