|View from Wolsingham Park Moor|
|Shittlehope Burn and what looks like a sort of tunnel.|
|Looking down on Ravensfield|
The paths here are not marked or very clear, and it was basically guesswork that got us to the Pit House. We did unintentionally visit Roundhill Quarry on the way, which had its own charm.
|The Pit House and Pit Mine|
We got to the Pit House from where we were supposed to follow the right of way south, down the hill and then come back up again on Intake Lane. We decided to try and take a short cut straight across to the tantalisingly close satellite mast. This meant walking across the disused mine workings, (curious ups, downs and gulleys in the field), and over a damaged stone wall to rejoin our path, but it did save us another uphill climb, (shortcut not recommended).
|More views across the moors|
|Disused Drift Mine|
Then it was down to the disused drift mine, which I think might have closed in 2002. The buildings are relatively modern. I liked it here, shades of Jurassic Park 3, and surrounded by autumn trees. Lurrrrvvly.
Onwards to meet up with Reahope Burn. We followed it until Stanhope Burn which we walked alongside until we got to Stanhope. The sun was out in full force now, showing up the glorious colours of the woods we were walking through. This was a really delightful stretch of the walk, thoroughly enjoyed by us both in the low afternoon sun.
|The woods next to Stanhope Burn|
Then we were back in Stanhope and at our cars. We’d walked just under 10 miles and explored an area new to us both. Definitely some highlights on the walk, not least the views and the bleakness on the edge of Wolsingham Park Moor, as well as walking along the burns back into Stanhope. Wonderful. Thank you to Yvonne for keeping me company and steering both me and my GPS right as we walked round.
Our planned route of 10.2 miles. Except we didn't follow it entirely.