Tow Law - Hedleyhope Fell - Skirted Cornsay - Low Row - Deerness Valley - Tow Law

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A panoramic walk exploring Hedleyhope Fell and Nature Reserve from the loftily situated Tow Law. The route, that passes through a wind turbine farm, includes very pleasant field- and lane-walking and because of its high location also reveals great panoramic views of the local countryside.

From Tow Law the walk almost immediately enters the Open Access Land of Hedleyhope Fell before leaving the fell and passing through a group of wind turbines. Pleasant field-walking follows that present great panoramic views. After a short length of road-walking then another section through fields, the walk leads off the ridge and down to the valley floor. The route then enters the picturesque Hedleyhope Fell Nature Reserve, following the Hedleyhope Burn. After another short road-walk the route heads back up across the Hedleyhope Fell, from where great views are revealed. Another short section of road-walking then ends with field-walking to descend off the ridge and emerge into the Deerness Valley. The last long section of the walk follows a wide dirt track back to Tow Law.

England - North England - Durham - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland
14/06/2022 - alan anderson

The alternative route suggested by John Blenning in his comment has now been included in revised walk directions.

22/04/2022 - John Blemming

An excellent walk. A word of warning at point 20. If you turn right through the gate, skirting the right side of the house, as suggested in the directions this appears to now be private land/residential garden. The walkers gate on the other side is still there, and it looks to be a public footpath on my ordnance survey map, however we were politely told by the house owner that we should not have gone through. Indeed, on the other side of the walkers gate at the far side is a private property message (but none on the large gate at the road), however you only see this once you have gone through and its too late by then. It's possible my map is out of date also. The house owner was very polite, but to avoid what now looks like it could be a trespass, I would suggest following the alternative suggestion given in the brackets at this point and carry on up the road and use the sign posted gate 125 yards further up.

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