National Trail Guides UK
NATIONAL TRAIL GUIDES UK
Contents :: PENNINE WAY :: Day 9
THE PENNINE WAY FOLLOWS THE COURSE OF THE RIVER TEES
NATIONAL TRAIL GUIDES UK Day 9 :: On My Own :: High Force to Bowes :: 15 miles
Bridge over Easter Beck in Park End Wood Pennine Way near Middleton Quarry
Kirkcarriion Middleton and Mickleton from Harter Fell
Pennine Way near Grassholme, looking towards Grassholme Reservoir Pennine Way towards Brownberry Forest
The reserve takes in the reedy area at the end of Blackton Reservoir, beneath the dam of Balderhead Reservoir and is inhabited by a bounty of freshwater birds that seem at peace in this habitat. As I found my way uphill again I passed through Clove Lodge and by-passed a barn with a store of manure rolled into black plastic bags. I love the smell of the drying manure that now pervaded the air.
All too soon it was time to cross Cotherstone Moor. I had dreaded this all day, but the weather continued to improve and there was no mist. The track was far easier to follow than I remembered it to be and I made by way over Peatbrig Hill to Race Yate Rig, over the Knotts Hills and down to Deepdale Beck. Until reaching Deepdale Beck I was not too certain where I was. Looking at the map after finishing the run it was quite easy to tell by the contours exactly where I was, but in the heat of the moment, without stopping to scrutinise the map, I could not identify my locus with certainty.
Blackton Reserve Clove Lodge
Deepdale Beck Carin on Pennine Way at Ravock Castle