The hills and moors of the southern slopes of Teesdale are often overlooked by walkers who head over the hill to the more popular slopes of Swaledale, or further west to the wilderness of Upper Teesdale. But look more closely and you'll find an area that in its own way will rival either of these two spots.
The Barningham Trail is a 24 mile circular walk, using old pack-horse trails, which zig-zags its way over Barningham Moor, and then climbs over the watershed to enter the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A long climb back up and over brings you to the delights of the Stang Forest before returning to Barningham. This ever changing route with its moorland and forest paths, its airy views and hidden valleys will both challenge and delight the long distance walker.
There are no facilities en route and the walk must be completed in one day of 10 to 12 hours walking, so the route is really only practical for fit and experienced walkers. The guidebook provides clear route directions and all the practical advice required to tackle this walk. However, as always when walking in open hill country it is essential to have the Explorer map and a compass.
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