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A selection of photographs taken by Andy whilst out and about in the dale. Please note: The copyright for these photographs belongs to Andy Beck. However if you wish to copy or use any of the images for non-commercial purposes you may do so providing that you acknowledge the originator and add a link to this site. Any abuse of this proviso may result in prosecution.

21st May 2010.- Upper Teesdale

Ano I had considered heading over to the lakes today for a major walk but instead opted for a half day out here in Teesdale. Spring and early summer is a particuarly good time to visit the upper dale due to the abundance of breeding birds and very rare flora.

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Hanging Shaw

Parking up at Hanging Shaw, Forest in Teesdale ther eis an excellent information board. Cronkley fell, our hill for the route forms the skyline.

Forest in  Teesdale

A classic dale farmstead, Birk Rigg. our way is down the track and then to the right of the house.

Marsh marigolds


Marsh Marigolds, a bit later this year due to the harsh winter.

swaledale sheep

Enjoying the Spring sunshine

River Tees

Crossing the broad River Tees

Globe Flower

Globe Flower just coming into bloom

High Crag Cronkley

At Cronkley Farm the route follows the Pennine way over High Crag

Bracken Rigg

A view of the Tees from the ridge of Bracken Rigg.

Cronkley Fell

From Bracken Rigg we will be heading up onto Cronkley Fell by the Green Trod which can be seen on the hill on the right.

grouse grit

Once onto the open moor you will find a good number of these boxes of grit. The grit is medicated and is picked up by Red Grouse where when stored in their crop it helps to break up the tough heather shoots. The medication helps to prevent the spread of a worm which can easily kill off the bird.

Green Trod

Now heading up the Green Trod, an old drove road across the moor where stock was driven between  Alston and Thirsk.

White Force

White Force, today a waterfall with no water. Due to the recent dry weather.

Green Trod

Looking back down the trod.


Bailey cools his tongue.

Information board

There are information boards on the route. It has to be remembered that this is a very important area for the protection of rare flora and wildlife.

Cronkley fell

The drove road narrows as it nears the top of the fell. The beck on the left is bone dry.

green trod

Looking back towards Teesdale

Fencing Cronkley Fell

Once on the top of the fell you pass by seven fenced off areas like this one. The enclosures help to protect delicate habitats.

Birds eye primrose

This enclosure is home to a good population of Bird's Eye primrose.

Bird's Eye Primrose

These flowers can be found in other areas but possibly not in such numbers as here.

infomation board Blue gentian

Information boards on the environment. Illustrated on the board is the Spring Gentian, a flower I had come up here especially to see today.

Spring Gentian

A Spring Gentian. This tiny plant with a flower the size of a daisy is a stunning blue. At first I thought these few would have been my lot for the day.

Spring Gentian

Inside the enclosures further on there were large numbers of these beautiful flowers, the sunshine making them show themselves off.

Mountain pansy

outside the fencing there was also the first flourish of the Mountain Pansey both in its yellow....

Mountain Pansey

...and purple form.

Spring Gentian

Despite the numbers seen here, the Spring Gentian is a very rare plant in Britain. Apart from here in Upper Teesdale is can only be found on the west coast of Ireland.

Blue Gentian Teesdale

Cow Green from Cronkley

As well as its rare plants, Cronkley Fell offers fine views across the North Pennines. Cow Green Reservoir in the mid distance with Great Dun Fell and Cross Fell behind.

Sugar Limestone.

Passing the last enclosure gives a good idea of the geology which make this place so special. The limestone breaks down into a grit which is very like sugar to the touch, hence its name.

Spring on Cronkley

White Well Spring.

White Well Spring

The dogs lap up the cool clear water.

Cronkley Fell

A perfect Spring day to be out on the hills.

Bird's eye primrose

Even here, outside the enclosures the Bird's Eye Primroses can be found but in smaller numbers and much smaller in size.

River Tees and Falcon Clints.

The River Tees and Falcon Clints. In the distance is the remote farm of Birkdale.

Cronkley fell

Main Gate, Cronkley Fell before the path drops down to the river side.

Upper Teesdale

Descending to the Tees.

Raven Scar

Raven Scar and the Tees.

Black Sike

Black Sike and the Juniper regeneration protectors.

Raven Scar River Tees

The River Tees and Raven Scar. From here we followed the river bank downstream.

River tees

Part of the route is made easier by the walkway. The opposite bank is the route of the Pennine Way.

Widdy Bank Farm

Widdy Bank Farm, now used by English Nature as offices etc.

Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper.

Widdy Bank and sheep

The route now folows level pature land as we leave Widdy Bank behind us.

Pencil Factory Teesdale

One of the only exposed areas of Skiddaw Slate found in Teesdale. This was known as the pencil factory where the slate was shaped into pencils.

Knott Hill farm

Knott Hill Farm.


Zeta takes it easy.

Wheysike House

Wheysike House and Marsh Marigolds.

Lapwing chick

A Lapwing chick perfectly camoflagued in the undergrowth.

Forest in Teesdale

and then we were back to our start point at Hanging Shaw after an excellent walk with plenty of special interest.

Teesdale book

This walk is featured in this book which we stock here in the gallery. Click here for more information. *update 22nd May. We are now currently out of stock of this guide book. new stock on order.

Greeting cards

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