Tan Hill to Middleton-in-Teesdale

16 June 2022. 0735 start after a porridge breakfast. The Tan Hill Inn hadn’t opened up so Fred managed to get water from a campervan owner, who kindly added a cup of tea for us before starting. We heard later in the day from another walker Steve who stayed in a room at the inn that there was chaos at breakfast as the chef had slept in.

At 1020 we had covered the Sleightholme Moor stretch and had reached God’s Bridge, a natural rock bridge, which was about a third of our distance. After a 40 min test we crossed the A66, via a tunnel, one over Cotherstone Moor to Blackton Reservoir, reputedly the half way mark on the trail. As this is day 10 and I am aiming to complete it in 18 days, the daily distances will get a bit longer. We had a long lunch break at the reservoir (1305-1425). Steve caught us up and I pushed on alone for the last stretch skirting Harter Fell arriving at the Middleton campsite at 1730. 27km but it felt longer in the heat. Definitely the warmest day so far. Fred and Okey joined me on the campsite 30 mins later. Fish and chips in Middleton and some food shopping at the Co-op which is open until 2200.

Sleightholme Moor
Near Frumming Beck
God’s Bridge – stream dry
Crossed the A66 looking back
Cotherstone Moor
Looking back towards Blackton Reservoir
Coming off Harter Fell into Middleton-in-Teesdale
Dale view campsite

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