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Upper Teesdale

Some fine walks amongst superb scenery!

  • United Kingdom

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
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Our holiday walking grades

Challenging

Grade 7

Stamina is the key to these holidays, which will typically be in the Alps or the Dolomites.

There is plenty of ascent and descent over rough and steep ground, so a steady foot and a good head for heights is advisable.

Expect about 800 - 1000m of cumulative ascent and descent each day.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • High Force – at 21m high probably the most spectacular waterfall in England
  • Low Force! Its baby brother!
  • Cauldron Snout. Reputedly the longest waterfall in England
  • Teesdale, magical scenery away from the Lake District crowds.
  • The Pennine Way! It passes close by the hotel. We will walk a few sections.

Nestling to the north of the Yorkshire Dales with the Lake District away to the west, Upper Teesdale offers some staggeringly beautiful scenery with few of the crowds one might encounter elsewhere. Middleton is the perfect centre to discover the area. The former Quaker mining town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and reminders of its former mining associations. Four of our walks will leave from the front door of our hotel. With no buses to wait for we have more time to discover the best of the walking. On one day we will take transport up to Langdon Beck for the walk on the Pennine Way up to Cauldron Snout waterfall and the Cow Green Reservoir. The River Tees at Middleton forms the border between Yorkshire to the south and County Durham to the north. Our walking will be split between both counties.

We stay at the Teesdale Hotel, in the centre of Middleton. It is a mecca for walkers. Expect to see all manner of likeminded people in the bar which is very much at the heart of the local community! It also serves an excellent pint and has a great reputation for food.


  • Half board ensuite accommodation with breakfast and dinner taken in the hotel
  • All transport to complete the walking programme
  • Services of an RWH leader throughout
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Middleton-in-Tessdale

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Arrival at the hotel in the late afternoon. Plan to meet the RWH leader in the bar before dinner. Dinner is taken in the hotel tonight.

Day 2

Hamsterley

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Leaving Middleton we climb to Snaisgill and over the pathless Monks Moor to the old mine workings at Great Eggles Hope. From here we follow Sharnberry Beck to Hamsterley Forest, before descending over Eggleston Common to join the Teesdale Way and the River Tees for a delightful riverside walk back to Middleton.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    17 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    660m

Day 3

Cauldron Snout and Cow Green Reservoir

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we use private transport to get up to Langdon Beck. From here we climb up and over into Teesdale. We follow the Pennine Way through the narrow valley of Holmwath to Cauldron Snout and climb up beside the impressive waterfall to Cow Green Reservoir. From here we take a circular route back to  Langdon Beck for transport back to the hotel.

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    13.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450m

Day 4

Harter Fell and Holwick Scar

Meals

Half Board

Accommodation

We follow the Pennine Way south out of Middleton towards Rakes Gill and cross Crossthwaite Common to Holwick Scars. From here we continue to cross the River Tees and pick up the old road to Bowlees Visitor Centre. This afternoon there are wonderful views back across the valley towards this morning’s route.

  • Time

    6.5 hours

  • Distance

    17 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600m

Day 5

Free Day

This is planned as a free day. There are plenty of walking options to consider and Barnard Castle can easily be visited by public bus. This historic town makes for a pleasant day out!

Day 6

Lunedale and Baldersdale

Meals

Half Board

Accommodation

We follow the old Middleton to Barnard Castle railway line across the Lunedale Viaduct and climb up to Romaldkirk Moor. From here we walk by Hury, Blackton and Balderhead reservoirs with fantastic views down Baldersdale. Finally we cross over Mickleton Moor to join the Pennine Way north into Middleton.

  • Time

    6.5 hours

  • Distance

    15.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    470m

Day 7

Coldberry and High Force

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We climb up out of Middleton along the beautiful Hudeshope Beck passing lime kilns and quarries to the old mining area of Coldberry to cross the pathless moors heading for Ettersgill.  We descend to and cross the River Tees and follow it downstream to the highest waterfall in England, High Force and follow the river to Low Force and as it meanders all the way to Middleton.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    16 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    440m

Day 8

Final day

Departure dates for your selected tour

28th May 2022 - 4th Jun 2022 (7 Nights)

9th Jul 2022 - 16th Jul 2022 (7 Nights)

20th Aug 2022 - 27th Aug 2022 (7 Nights)

10th Sep 2022 - 17th Sep 2022 (7 Nights)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Teesdale Hotel

Set in the village Middleton on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the stone-built Teesdale Hotel is a former coaching inn dating from the 18th century. Featuring en suite bathrooms, the pleasant rooms include TV, tea & coffee making facilities. Free full English breakfast is provided. There's a classic wood-panelled restaurant, a relaxed bar and a patio. The hotel is 5 miles from High Force waterfall and 10 miles from Barnard Castle.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 7 holiday. Stamina is the key to this challenging holiday. There is plenty of ascent and descent over rough and steep ground, so a steady foot and a good head for heights is advisable. 800-1,000m of ascent and descent in a day is likely to be the norm throughout and you will generally be walking for up to 7 hours. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach Middleton;

Directions form the A1 (12 miles)

Leave the A1 at Scotch Corner and follow the A66 towards Bernard Castle. From Bernard Castle follow the B2677 to Middleton. The hotel is in the centre of the town.

There is free parking available to all guests.

Public transport: the nearest mainline railway station to Middleton is in Darlington. There are buses from Darlington to Bernard Castle and then up to Middleton 

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation: www.rome2rio.com 

Route planning to and from Middleton. The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers

Please check the time of dinner (approximately 7pm) on arrival at the hotel and aim to be in the hotel lounge half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your tour leader and an outline of the planned programme for your holiday.


Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Picnic lunches are not included. 

The hotel has an excellent reputation for food. All of the food is cooked on the premises using fresh, seasonal, good quality locally sourced ingredients. The emphasis is on quality local produce, carefully and simply prepared and presented. The meat comes from a butcher in Middleton, trout is locally caught and fruit and veg seasonal and locally sourced. Local cheeses also feature, such as Teesdale's own Cotherstone Cheese and Teesdale Blue. The hotel has been awarded the "Local Produce Champion & Quality Assured" award three years in succession by Taste Durham - a local Tourist Board initiative.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support are essential for holidays at grade 7 and above.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Head torch
  • Survival bag - What is a survival bag? Click here!

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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United Kingdom

  • Capital

    London

  • Currency

    Pound Sterling

  • Language

    English

  • Time Difference

    UTC +01:00

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • February

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • April

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 46mm

  • May

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • June

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • July

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • August

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • September

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • October

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • November

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

  • December

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

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