2022_04_03 Westgate and the Weardale Way

Leader : Steve          Distance : 12 miles

A total of 10 peeps set off from Westgate on a dry bright morning. Immediately we began ascending paths until we hit Seeingsike Rd (track) and encountered 4 vehicles descending on a 4×4 adventure, the only encounter we had with humans until Cowshill over 4 hours later.

At the top of Middlehope Bank we stopped for 11’s. Then it was on to the Moor with patches of snow here and there, and then we reached a height of 600m with a coldness in the air and a bit of cloud. At Burtree Fell we started the descent into Cowshill where we had lunch in the warmth. Afterwards it was along the Weardale Way taking in the start of the Wear itself, then Ireshopeburn, Daddry Shield and back to the cars. Post walk drinks were taken in Stanhope