Author Topic: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20  (Read 569 times)

April

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No camping for us at the weekend, a dodgy forecast had us doing day walks. We had a trip out to County Durham, only an hour and ten minute drive away to see a few waterfalls. We parked at Bowlees Visitor Centre and made a 5 card donation for parking. First stop was Summerhill Force and Gibson's Cave north of the Visitor Centre.

Falls on Bow Lee Beck


Summerhill Force and Gibson's Cave


Legend has it that a lovable rogue whose surname was Gibson hid behind the waterfall to escape police constables from Barnard Castle. I don't know what crimes he committed or if he was caught!

We walked back passed the visitor centre, across the road, through a field where a little girl was holding the gate open for us and a group of walkers in front of us. We thanked her and told her she was doing a grand job. Once over the Wynch Bridge we were on the Pennine Way. The group of walkers were at the first viewpoint so we walked by them, we would have a look on the way back.

This is a side on view of Low Force and I think it is the best view of it


We chatted to a walker doing the Pennine Way as we walked toward High Force. He was carrying a huge pack and we were amazed at his speed, he overtook us easily even though we only had day packs! We saw him again at High Force, he was having a break enjoying the view. Nice fellow he was, I wonder where he is now.

High Force


We carried on westward next to the river trying to find some shelter from the wind for some lunch. We found some behind a rocky outcrop near Bleabeck Force. We didn't see this waterfall because we retraced our steps after lunch after rain started to fall. It didn't last long however.

Falls on the River Tees just above the main Low Force Fall


View from the Wynch Bridge viewpoint


We managed to get a shot from the viewpoint near the Wynch Bridge despite someone taking a photo of someone jumping from it. They must have missed the signs saying not to jump from the bridge because of dangerous currents.

Route map


Our walk was Bowlees - Summerhill Force - Bowlees - Low Force - High Force - near Bleackbeck Force - High Force - Low Force - Bowlees. 5.4 miles and 204m ascent. Lovely to go back to see these waterfalls, it must be 15 or 20 years since I was last here.
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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #1 on: 07:55:11, 09/09/20 »
A fabulous area.We do a circular by going up the Pennine Way towards Forest in Teesdale crossing the Tees and returning via Dirt Pit.About 9 miles from memory and very popular with groups I have led.

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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #2 on: 08:13:48, 09/09/20 »
Lovely pics.
I don't know why Gibson had to hide, I thought you could do what ever you wanted in Barnard Castle and the PM would say that you were innocent.

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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #3 on: 08:30:36, 09/09/20 »
Lovely photos, April - always a good plan to go to see some waterfalls after heavy rain. High Force in particular is a spectacular fall.
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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #4 on: 11:52:12, 09/09/20 »
Great stuff again, long time since I saw high force, will be over thirty years.
Five quid for parking 😭 . Never paid that in my life.  :o

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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #5 on: 19:24:54, 09/09/20 »
We do a circular by going up the Pennine Way towards Forest in Teesdale crossing the Tees and returning via Dirt Pit.


We were going to do that or a very similar walk but we were sick of the wind in our faces and it started raining. Pair of lightweights we are  :D


I don't know why Gibson had to hide, I thought you could do what ever you wanted in Barnard Castle and the PM would say that you were innocent.


 ;D  He might not have thought to say he had a problem with his eyes  :)


High Force in particular is a spectacular fall.


It is spectacular. I have yet to visit Cauldron Snout, a bit further west.


Five quid for parking 😭 . Never paid that in my life.  :o


It was a voluntary payment, they ask for donations to maintain the visitor centre and car park. I was happy to give some money. I'm not from Yorkshire mind  ;)
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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #6 on: 20:55:05, 09/09/20 »
great pics again Ape O0
Those waterfalls are lovely,


Five quid for parking 😭 . Never paid that in my life.  :o
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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #7 on: 21:33:28, 09/09/20 »
Great photos April  -  looks a beautiful walk    :)    Love riverside walks and waterfalls

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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #8 on: 23:04:50, 09/09/20 »
Shortly after attending a bad back course, where I decided to try doing walking rather than other exercises, I was up here, turned around and there was the sign Pennine Way.... wouldn't mind starting to do that for my 'treatment', and hey that's what started me off on my fascination with the PW and all the other walks Im attempting! Back has greatly improved since, just need to get these legs back working again!

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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #9 on: 07:48:26, 10/09/20 »
Those waterfalls are lovely,


 :)  They are


Love riverside walks and waterfalls


Me too, there is something about the sound of water that makes you happy


that's what started me off on my fascination with the PW and all the other walks Im attempting! Back has greatly improved since, just need to get these legs back working again!


The whole area is lovely, I'd forgotten how nice it was. Good luck getting your legs working  :)
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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #10 on: 21:47:40, 10/09/20 »
Some great waterfalls there April O0
I read the title wrong though I thought this was the third day of a wild camp spent ages looking for parts one and two  :D
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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #11 on: 18:05:47, 11/09/20 »
I missed this (must lighten up on Troll Patrol).


Lovely waterfalls, plenty of water too  :)
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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #12 on: 16:26:05, 12/09/20 »
Some nice photos of waterfalls; I always struggle photographing moving water.
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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #13 on: 06:40:21, 13/09/20 »
I read the title wrong though I thought this was the third day of a wild camp spent ages looking for parts one and two  :D


 ;D No wild camping last weekend or this. It's been blowing a gale here overnight  :(


I missed this (must lighten up on Troll Patrol).


I must have missed your troll patrolling  :D


Some nice photos of waterfalls; I always struggle photographing moving water.


Thanks Lee  O0
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Re: TR 3 waterfalls walk from Bowlees, Durham Fri 4 Sep 20
« Reply #14 on: 20:33:37, 13/09/20 »
Great report and photos April, really like High Force photo and the Wynch bridge shot O0  Do you find river walks are generally hard to come by? In Ireland I find that there are very few river walks that I could recommend.