The Source of the South Tyne Route Details

A walk of approx 4.5 miles to the Source of the South Tyne and back

Route to start:  From Alston take the B6277 Middleton-in-Teesdale road.  After two miles take the right turn down to Garrigill.  Drive through Garrigill past the village green and turn left and take the minor road heading roughly due south in the direction of Crossgill Farm.  After about two miles you will pass Hill House on your right. Shortly after this you will reach a cattle grid.  This is the end of the public road.  Park on the left off the road where there is parking for two cars (NY 758344)

Route: Cross the cattle grid and follow the track all the way to the source of the South Tyne river (NY 753352), clearly identified by the marker stone.  Return by the same route.

Variations:  The walk can be extended in several ways.  Firstly it is possible to continue on the footpath over the brow of the ridge and down to the River Tees and beyond. Alternatively do not drive out to the above start point of the walk but start from Garrigill. From here one can take the South Tyne Trail out and pick up the route about halfway along. To do more of a circular walk one can then return via the road.  The return walk from Garrigill is approx 8.5 miles.

Source of the South Tyne