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Walking towards Egglestone AbbeyGetting out into the open air and enjoying a walk is something everyone can enjoy in Teesdale, from short circular accessible routes to long distances trails. There is an excellent network of quiet footpaths with plenty of great cafes and pubs where you can re-fuel along the way.

You can take in two sections of the Pennine Way pass that through Teesdale, starting at Tan Hill taking the route through the Middleton in Teesdale and then on to High Cup Nick.  Wainwright described the section along the river Tees from Middleton in Teesdale through the hay meadows as 'a walk of near perfection'. 

Enjoy the upper sections of the Teesdale Way, a 147 mile trail that tracks the rivers tees from the source to the sea.  The well marked trail follows the sections of the Pennine Way until Middleton in Teesdale and then is way marked with a Teesdale Way sign post and the dipper bird motif.  The high moorland sections include the famous and spectacular High Cup Nick together with High Force Waterfall.  Below Middleton in Teesdale the walk moves into a more gentle landscape following the course of the river and through to farmland and villages below Barnard Castle.  The sections through Teesdale are easy to join up with local footpaths to make circular routes.

There are excellent family walks to be found in Hamsterley Forest and along the route of the railway line that runs from Barnard Castle to Middleton in Teesdale. 

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