Leader : Marg Distance : 9 miles
12 of us left Barnard Castle and rather than go through Deepdale Woods which despite all the recent dry weather was still very muddy in places we headed for The Teesdale Way. We shortly left this and walked through Pecknell Wood and over the fields picking up the Tees Railway Path.
We found a nice place just off the path for our coffee stop with some lovely views. We then continued on the path leaving it just after crossing the River Balder and walked over fields crossing the river again at Balder Bridge.
We then followed the Balder to where it meets the Tees shortly after we crossed over and picked up the Teesdale Way path. We stopped for lunch down by the river in lovely sunshine.
After lunch we made our way back to Barnard Castle following the river firstly on the Teesdale Way path then on the higher path
We had our after walk drink in The Commercial Hotel