Race Head & Sedling Rake from Wearhead

A Durham walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 20/09/16

The North Pennines offer some of the wildest landscapes in England. This route explores the hills and moors to the north of Wearhead. A short section of the Weardale Way is also included.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 5.67mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1112ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1119ft
Highest point Highest point : 1923ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1073ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Durham
Starting point Starting point : N 54.75061° / W 2.22176°
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(D)From the bridge over the River Wear (grid ref. NY858395) walk north along the main road. Ignore the first turn on the right (an access to house frontages) and take the second street which bends to the left. Almost immediately bear right to locate the footpath/green track leading uphill with a wall to your left. Continue climbing to reach a lane (grid ref. NY862397). Turn right along the lane. Almost immediately turn left up a track that leads past Halliwell House and into open country keeping the wall to your right.

(1)Passing through a gate the wall switches to the other side and you soon reach a bridleway crossing from right to left (grid ref. NY468407). Turn right along this bridleway along Sedling Rake continuing for just under a mile passing Race Head en-route. There is a small area of woodland on your right before you meet a tarmac lane (grid ref. NY884404).

(2)Turn right down this lane to reach a walled lane on your left (grid ref, NY882401). The way ahead enters a field. With a wall on your left continue on this bridleway for approximately half a mile from the tarmac lane. Reaching the next cross wall turn right onto a feint path that follows the wall south west (wall on your left) at grid ref. NY886394).

(3)The path continues down to a road junction (grid ref. NY883386) below Carr Brow Pastures. Turn right along the lane through a sharp bend to pass Level Gate on your left. Almost immediately take the rough track on your right to cross a road (grid ref. NY877392). Continue ahead a much better track that leads you to Allercleugh. Here, continue straight ahead, now on a footpath, to High Whitestones.

(4)The path goes to the left of the house and follows the access road down to Whitestones Farm where the path leaves the track to drop down to a lane (grid ref. NY868392). The onward path goes between the buildings opposite, goes right towards a gate. The path then drops down to a road. Turn right and cross the River Wear almost immediately turning right onto an access track Waterside Farm. You are now on the Weardale Way. The route continues across a number of fields to reach the A689 near the bridge over the Wear in Wearhead.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Wearhead bridge
1 : mi 0.63 - alt. mi 0.63 - Halliwell House
2 : mi 2.24 - alt. mi 2.24 - Turn right along lane
3 : mi 3.53 - alt. mi 3.53 - Turn right along lane
4 : mi 4.63 - alt. mi 4.63 - High Whitestones
D/A : mi 5.67 - alt. mi 5.67 - Wearhead bridge

Useful Information

This walk explores the high ground and open country to the north of Weardale. The start is the village of Wearhead on the A689 between Stanhope and Alston. Limited on street parking is available in the village although please be considerate to local residents. It is suggested you take a 1:25000 OS map to help with navigation as the area is criss-crossed by many rights of way.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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