Winston - Little Newsham - Whorlton - Winston

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Winston is a village with medieval origins that includes a church with stonework dating back to the 13th Century. The nearby single-span bridge across the River Tees is also noteworthy for a couple of reasons, the first as having the longest single-span bridge in England when it was built in 1762, probably the main reason the bridge survived the great flood of 1771 when many of the bridges along this part of the Tees were washed away. The more recent happening occurred in 1988 when an old WW2 Spitfire piloted by the then leader of the Red Arrows was spectacularly flown under the bridge to create a scene for a TV series.

From Winston the walk takes to the fields and lanes to arrive at the small village of Little Newsham. More field-walking follows as the walk passes through the derelict hamlet of Morey, from where the route gradually rises to intersect and cross the A67 before a very gradual descent along farm tracks to arrive at the tranquil village of Whorlton, sitting serenely on the overhanging cliffs high above the Tees.

The walk then descends steeply through a wooded area to cross the Whorlton Beck and intersect a glorious riverside walk along the banks of the Tees opposite the old Whorlton Lido. Here, during normal river flow conditions, limestone slabs in the riverbed make it possible to walk to the middle of the river. The walk leaves the river up a steep, sunken lane to reach high ground, from where the route follows the Teesdale Way high above the river as it snakes its way to Winston.

England - North England - Durham - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland

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16.2 Miles