Photo credit: Peter Giroux
Getting down to the river near Darlo this weekend
The Tees Cottage Pumping Station on the River Tees in Darlington is open this weekend (10 am to 4pm). It is £5 for adults, concessions £4, under 16s free. With that in mind it could be a great opportunity to pop down to the area and combine a visit to the historic pumping station with one of the circular heritage walks along the river near Darlington. Especially given that it is National Walking Month:
- Piercebridge circular walk (1/2 a mile) (including Roman ruins)
- Broken Scar circular walk (5 miles)
- Low Coniscliffe to High Coniscliffe (7 miles) - details below
The route between Low Coniscliffe and High Coniscliffe is a pleasant, easy-going 7 mile walk along farm tracks, bridleways and along the River Tees. With lovely views, it takes you through both villages and there is a pub at the start and finish as well as one half way, for refreshments.
Please note that when the oil seed rape is high in the fields it can be difficult to see the paths that run across.
Heritage sites along the route:
- The walk starts at the Baydale Beck on the A67. There has been an inn on this site for more than 200 years. Dick Turpin is also reputed to have slept here!
- High Coniscliffe dates back to Saxon times. The origin of the name is from Old English and Old Norse, meaning ‘Kings Cliff’. It seems to have a bloody place in Viking England with a king of Northumbria and several nobles being murdered here at various times during the 8th century.
- St Edwin’s Church, High Coniscliffe is Norman and dates from 1170. The spire, which can be seen from a distance was added in the 13th century. It is dedicated to Edwin, King of Northumbria who converted to Christianity in 627 and also declared himself overking of all England.
- The Spotted Dog pub in High Coniscliffe was named after a foxhound, called Blue Cap, which won a race at Newmarket with a wager with a stake of 500 guineas in 1792.
This walk is close to bus routes X75/76 and you can plan your car free journey via the journey planner on our website www.letsgoteesvalley.co.uk.
Health and safety
Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather, there can be some muddy sections along the route. Although the walk is quite easy and relatively flat there is a stile approximately half way along the route which limits access.
Please be careful near the river and keep children away from the edge. Please follow the Countryside Code and help us keep Tees Valley beautiful by taking your rubbish with you and leave gates as you found them.
By Nicky at 11 May 2018, 14:11 PM