Bowlees - High Force - Cronkley Bridge - Dirt Pit

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The walk starts in Bowlees Car Park, where you can take a deviation to the nearby Gibson's Cave / Summerhill Force. The walk passes over the River Tees at the Wynch Bridge, following the Pennine Way past Low Force, the beauty of High Force and the lesser known Bleabeck Force.

You continue to follow the river through beautiful scenery to the top of Bracken Rigg, dropping down to Cronkley Bridge and returning via the picturesque village of Dirt Pitt, then along a small section of the north side of the river for a different view of Low Force.

This walk features in the 'Pathways' book - for more information click on the link on the Walkingworld homepage.

England - North England - Durham - Teesdale


Birds, Cafe, Flowers, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife
4/3/2016 - ruth day

We did this walk on 22/02/2016- Point 1 Car Park £2 honesty box, cafe/centre not open,Toilets poor Point 2 sign says Pennine Way Point 8 New Barn but still clear signing Point 10-11 Not clear why you need to cross field diagonally to stile, just follow track which further on becomes unclear . Point 14 High Force hotel car park go to east end of car park furthest from road, route somewhat unclear here, point 15 you can't see the white building until you start crossing the field, point 16 Dirt Pitt local farmer amused that he lived in a 'picturesque village' (its just a few houses)point 20 Do not go into this field unless you like plodding through very sticky mud, walk carefully along the road back to car park,

5/18/2009 - John Davidson

I have checked this walk today, 17/5/09 and whilst work is still ongoing renovating the path, the path is now open and the major work done ie new gates/surface.

3/18/2009 - Kathleen Thompson

We tried to do this walk on 09.03.2009. The path was closed for 6 months in December 2008!

6/13/2007 - Christine Meynell

My hardest/longest walk to date (I'm just starting out). Loved the views and the different terrains underfoot. The only thing that I worried about was the 2 fields I had to cross that had as bull in each one! I had a red rucksack! Not sure if Bulls/Red is a myth. Wasn't sure how to divert around the fields and still get back on the trail. I had no choice but to cross the fields with the bull in!A warning maybe in case others have a fear of bulls.

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