Jan 08 05

Pete phoned up as I was leaving for a walk up Teesdale. I still wasn’t feeling too good as my cough is still lingering. Passing through Middleton-in-Teesdale and beyond High Force a relatively gentle circular walk started in Forest-in-Teesdale.

Teesdale is a rather forgotten valley that leads to Alston. The River Tees flows, and today it was flowing well.

River Tees
River Tees

It was so, so windy that I was struggling against it. I almost gave up as I was feeling awful. The water was loud and my headache was getting worse. Wrapping up (as Mum’s want you to be if you have a cold!) I kept going, following the river upstream. Some of the path was in the water and some sections were along raised boardwalks.

River Tees

River Tees & Raven Scar
River Tees & Raven Scar

Eventually a path junction was reached that took us over Moor House – Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve.

It’s a wild, but fascinating place.

Moor House - Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve
Moor House – Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve

On the way back to the car White Force is passed.

White Force
White Force

It turned cold so we got back to the car as soon as we could. Pippa started hobbling (I thought) and it was only when we got home that she made her injury obvious.

Poorly paw
Poorly paw

If you want an area that doesn’t see too many people, head to Teesdale.

It turns out that Pippa has broken a claw and it looks painful.

Poorly paw - ouch
Poorly paw – ouch
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