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Stage 9: Tan Hill to Middleton-in-Teesdale — Pennine Way

Stage 9: Tan Hill to Middleton-in-Teesdale — Pennine Way

Difficult
08:53
20.3 mi
2.3 mph
1,150 ft
2,150 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
8.42 mi
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Bowes Castle

Hiking Highlight

14.3 mi
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Blackton Reservoir

Hiking Highlight

16.8 mi
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Grassholme Reservoir

Hiking Highlight

20.3 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Mountain Hiking Path: 4.00 mi
Hiking Path: 4.10 mi
Path: 9.14 mi
Street: 1.08 mi
Road: 2.03 mi

Surfaces

Natural: 5.16 mi
Unpaved: 2.09 mi
Paved: 2.11 mi
Asphalt: 0.29 mi
Unknown: 10.7 mi

Weather Forecast

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komoot planned a hike.

May 23, 2019

Comments

  • komoot

    Today marks the halfway point along the Pennine Way and the milestone is honored with the kind of hiking this trail does best—vast empty moorland, rolling hills and utter solitude.

    Whether reaching the 134 mile (216 kilometer) halfway point fills you with relief, or despair, is likely to split opinion as much as the kind of walking on offer today. Whilst some will resent squelching through endless boggy moorland, others will rejoice in the purple heather, empty landscape and serene moorland vistas.

    From Tan Hill Inn, it is a gentle descent to the tranquil village of Bowes. It is well worth a visit to the ruins of Bowes Castle here. The splendid ruins of Henry II's 12th century castle are set on the site of a Roman fort that guards the approach to Stainmore Pass.

    The trail then undulates through lush farmland pastures and rolling moorland past Blackton Reservoir, a beautiful stretch of water and nature reserve, and Grassholme Reservoir, a Local Wildlife Site with a serene atmosphere.

    Depending on the conditions, you might find it a little tricky following the path over Harter Fell. If you keep hiking northeast, though, you will struggle to get lost.

    Middleton-in-Teesdale has plenty of accommodation options, cafes, restaurants, and shops.

    • May 23, 2019

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Stage 9: Tan Hill to Middleton-in-Teesdale — Pennine Way