Spring Jollies: Day Three
High Force to Low Force. 2 miles
|Cow Green Reservoir & Mickle Fell|
|River Tees, upstream from Low Force|
|River Tees, downstream from High Force|
Taking the walk back up hill, and my parents want a coffee break, so I give them the option of taking their beverage at the Hotel, or at the tearooms at Low Force, whilst I go for a stretch down the riverside for a mere two miles. Only an hour, plenty of time for my folks to refuel and nap as necessary. Sadly, the day has clouded over, so the sights of Teesdale are somewhat muted, but from the Hotel, it down the path through the fields down to the crossing over the Tees to meet the Pennine Way on the south bank. After a relatively smooth section, the river gets noticeably rockier and you keep thing that Low Force has arrived sooner than you think. You're not there of course, there are mini falls and rapids down for quite a stretch, the river even divides at one point, but we walk along the drier channel on the south side as the water level is relatively low. Bird spot in the meadows and the keen eyed can see Lapwings nesting (two ladies have to point this out to me) and later, encounter two guys carrying a dinghy going upstream, and am disappointed that I don't see them return down the river whilst I am out, then the Low Force estate fence is met and the dolerite rises out of the ground and the drops on the rapids get larger and larger.
To Be Continued...
1,000 Miles Cumulative Total: 153.6 miles