Teesdale Way

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Coordinates: 54°37′01″N 1°06′00″W / 54.617°N 1.1°W / 54.617; -1.1

Teesdale Way
A19 Tees Viaduct rom Maze Park viewing hill-2-1088.jpg
The Teesdale way in the Tees Corridor
Length100 miles (160 km) from Dufton
90 miles (140 km) from county boundaries
TrailheadsDufton, Cumbria/Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
South Gare, Redcar[1]
Waymark'Dipper Badge'

The Teesdale Way is a long-distance walk between the Cumbrian Pennines and the North Sea coast of North Yorkshire in England. The walk is 100 miles (160 km) in length; it links in with other long-distance walks such as the Pennine Way and the E2 European Walk between Harwich and Stranraer.

The route[edit]

The Teesdale way starts at Dufton in Cumbria as part of the Pennine way, but does not become its own path (with waymarkers) until it reaches Middleton-in-Teesdale.[2] The path ends at South Gare in Warrenby near Redcar, having passed through the heavily industrialised Teesside area, consisting of Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Thornaby-on-Tees.[1] This gives a great insight into the once proud ship building and industrial heritage of the North East.[3][4][5] Between Middleton-in-Teesdale and Middlesbrough, the way runs for 67 miles (108 km) jointly with the European E2 path.[6]

Between Yarm and Croft-on-Tees the river goes through the meandering lowland section of the Tees Valley. As the river flows through Upper Teesdale, it passes through the historic settlements of Piercebridge and Barnard Castle.[7]

The route can also be seen as starting at the county boundaries between Cumbria and County Durham near to Cow Green Reservoir. Also in Upper Teesdale the walk makes a U-turn at Eggleston Hall, heading down the other side of the dale, back to Barnard Castle.[2]

Thornaby and Bassleton woods are connected to each other. They are located in Thornaby, in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees. A 4-mile (6.4 km) section of the way between Middlesbrough and Redcar was known locally as 'The Black Path' and was used by steelworkers.[8]

At 17 acres (6.9 ha), Thornaby Woods is a large area of ancient woodland and features trees such as oak, elm and wych-elm. Roe deer have been seen in and around Thornaby and Bassleton woods.[9]

Sights and attractions[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Teesdale Way - LDWA Long Distance Paths". www.ldwa.org.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b Collins, Martin; Dillon, Paddy (2005). The Teesdale Way (2 ed.). Milnthorpe: Cicerone. p. 8. ISBN 1-85284-461-2.
  3. ^ "BBC - Tees - 'Ramblers' coast access campaign". BBC News. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Tees Barrage and Stockton". Gazette Live. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Longest section of England Coast Path opens in Middlesbrough - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Natural England. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Stockton South Cycle/Walk" (PDF). connectteesvalley.com. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  7. ^ a b "The Teesdale Way". durhamcow.com. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Black Path memories". Gazette Live. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  9. ^ Bond, John. "Thornaby Wood". www.teesvalleylocalaccessforum.co.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2017.

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