Walking in Upper Teesdale

Upper Teesdale is magnificent walking countryside. There are numerous footpaths and public rights of ways with terrain to suit all types of walkers - from an easy, gentle riverside stroll to long-distance hiking for experienced walkers.

Walking in Upper Teesdale
Both the famous Pennine Way and the Teesdale Way pass through the village of Middleton and there is a huge range of shorter walks along the River Tees, disused railway lines or through the beautiful countryside. Details of many walks can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in Middleton (30p) and basic details of three of these are reproduced below:

Mickleton to Middleton-in-Teesdale

A 2.5 hour circular walk covering 8.5km (5.25 miles) including stunning riverside paths to Middleton in Teesdale and a gentle return to Mickleton following the route of the old railway line.

  • Start: Mickleton Village Hall car park
  • Length: 8 1/4 km (5 1/4 miles)
  • Footwear: Walking shoes in summer, walking boots in winter
  • Stiles: 12
  • Steep inclines: 7 (3 down, 4 up)
  • Access: Unsuitable for disabled.

Mickleton - Eggleston Circular

A 3.5 hour circular walk covering 11.5km (7 miles) including a gentle stroll to Romaldkirk along the route of the dismantled railway line, two stretches of picturesque walled lanes and a wide variety of attractive bridges across streams and the River Tees.

  • Start: Mickleton Village Hall car park
  • Length: 11 1/2 km (7 miles)
  • Footwear: Walking shoes in summer, walking boots in winter
  • Stiles: 9
  • Steep inclines: Two sets of steps, some minor hills; no major climbs
  • Access: Unsuitable for disabled.

Middleton-in-Teesdale - A Walk through History

A 1.5 hour circular walk of 2.5km (1.5 miles) around the edge and through the centre of the historic village of Middleton in Teesdale.

  • Start: UTASS, Chapel Row (next to the Co-op)
  • Length: 2 1/2 Km (1 1/2 miles)
  • Footwear: Sturdy shoes
  • Stiles: None
  • Steep inclines: 2 (1 up, 1 down)
  • Access: Unsuitable for disabled.

Walkers in Upper Teesdale