Natural England - Moor House-Upper Teesdale: walks and trails

Moor House-Upper Teesdale: walks and trails

There are a variety of walks and guided trails to enjoy on the reserve.

School group at the foot of High Force © Natural England

Widdybank Fell Nature Trail

This waymarked nature trail takes you along the side of Cow Green Reservoir to the top of Cauldron Snout waterfall. The walk is 5km and is graded moderate, following a surfaced track.

It is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, although there are three steep sections and the last 100m to view Cauldron Snout is over rough uneven ground accessible only to those on foot.

Waterfalls and Wildlife

This 12km walk is graded medium-difficult. It starts at Bowlees and follows the River Tees upstream past Low Force and High Force waterfalls, then heads off over the moor following the ancient “Green Trod” drove road to Holwick.

On the way look out for colourful hay meadows, archaeological remains, moorland birds and stunning views.

Up on the Ridge

This 12km walk is graded difficult, as it takes you right up onto the summit ridge of the North Pennines.

It starts at the end of the public road from Knock to Great Dun Fell and takes you past historic mining remains and geological formations to the Pennine summit ridge, where on a clear day you can enjoy spectacular views across to the Lake District in the west and over the open moorland to Cow Green reservoir and Teesdale in the east.

More details about these walks can be found in the reserve information leafletexternal link.

Geology Trails

There are three geology trails on and around the reserve which are part of the Teesdale Time Trail:

More information about these walks, and others in the area, can be found on the North Pennines AONB websiteexternal link.