Holwick - Bink Moss

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This is a circular walk to Bink Moss, the summit of the watershed ridge that divides Lunedale from Teesdale. The featureless summit plateau is similar to many in the high Pennine hills, however the panoramic views of the surrounding fells from the summit more than make up for its drabness. Make this walk on a clear sunny day and you will derive just as much pleasure as from the more popular Teesdale summits.

The walk starts with a short, stiff scramble up through the stony crags of Holwick Scar to emerge onto a fairly flattish moor. The mainly firm terrain eventually rises quite steeply up the rough moor before once again flattening out to skirt the lower slopes of a high, grassy escarpment. A short but steep climb follows that takes you up onto the high moor where an area of peat bogs, shake holes and boggy ground prevents straight-line walking. Once past this area the walking becomes easier as the moor flattens out and becomes firmer underfoot. Easy to navigate walking follows as the route then rises very gradually and follows the fenceline. Before arriving at the summit of Bink Moss a final large area of blanket bog must be negotiated that is thankfully made easy with the positioning of several duck-boards to assist in easy passage through the area.

From the summit the route continues to follow the singular fence across reasonably firm ground as it descends to pass through a peaty depression and then rises before arriving at Hagworm Hill, where the route intersects a path coming up from Lunedale. From here the remainder of the walk is almost entirely downhill, a section of which involves following the line of marker-posts across a fairly flat section of boggy moor, crossing several small sikes. The route finally intersects a long, wide, stony, shooters' track that delivers you back to Holwick through the Scars.

The walk crosses sixteen streams on the route (but only one bridge!)

England - North England - Durham - Teesdale

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Wildlife
24/02/2014 - Laurence Andrews

Strathmore Arms now open all day, except Tuesdays, for food & drink. It also has B&B accommodation.

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26.1 Miles