Barnard Castle - Cotherstone.
We met at the Blue Bell (just off A67, bottom of The Bank, Barnard Castle, 275 yards before bridge over the river Tees). On our return we had our end of walk drink in Blue Bell, a market town pub with plenty of characture and a large warm open fire.
We headed off along the metalled road, over the bridge below the castle and along to the Deepdale aqueduct where we joined the Teesdale Way. After a short walk we turn left into Pecknell Wood and following Scur Beck to Pecknell Farm where we crossed the beck and entered Lartington Hall park.
At the hall we turned right where, a short distance down the track we pass the small cemetery where we in which we found this unusual grave.
The cemetery was well worth a short visit before following the path NNW, under the dismantled railway to Cotherstone where we had lunch on the village green.
After lunch we headed toward the remains of Cotherstone Castle where we crossed the River
Balder & River Tees then turned east and followed the river to Cotherstone Crag downstream of the footbridge and rejoined the Teesdale Way back towards Barnard Castle.
Shortly after passing East Holme farm we follow the path down to the riverside. This would be an ideal spot for a short ‘coffee stop’ before continuing the Teesdale Way through Flatts Wood, past the remains of the viaduct, over Percy Beck and returning to the ‘car park’.
The walk is approx. 7.5 miles.
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