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Hill Walking at High Cup Nick

The Moor House National Nature Reserve is split into two parts, both encompassing large areas, either side of Cow Green Reservoir. A visit to Moor House will delight with spectacular geological formations and three dramatic waterfalls, Cauldron Snout, Low Force and High Force.  The reserves are free to access and are open all year round

Bird watchers can experience rare treats by spotting lapwing, golden plover, curlew and redshank showing off with their fascinating aerial displays during the breeding season from April to June.  The reserve is supported by an excellent network of well signposted paths where visitors can see rare arctic-alpine plants, such as spring blue gentian, Upper Teesdale is the only place in England where you can find these beautiful blue flowers. 

Walks in the Moor House Nature Reserve will take you through precious wild flower hay meadows, over a dramatic heritage footbridge, through England's largest juniper wood, give you a peek into geological time frozen inside the Great Whin Sill rock, through the remnants of Bronze Age Settlements and finally up to the very rooftop of England the wide open landscape of the moorland.  

The reserve includes paths that are fully accessible right up to demanding high moorland walking.  A visit to the Moor House is great for walking, fell running, wildlife and nature spotting.

Excellent visitor information can be found about access to the reserve at Bowlees Visitor Centre.

You may also like to visit the designated wildlife sites at two of Teesdale's reservoirs, Blackton and Grassholme, where you can find a interpretation boards and a bird hide for wildlife spotting.

Durham Wildlife Trust manage the beautiful Hannah's Meadow in Upper Teesdale that is now designated a site of special scientific interest.  Visitors may also like to visit the nearby Low Barns Nature Reserve managed by Durham Wildlife Trust.