The Teesdale Way – Section 10
Distance: 9.8 km (6.1 miles) | Profile: Generally flat | Going: Generally good, muddy in places. Sheltered on trails, tracks and road through farmland and woodlands | General Stores: Hurworth on Tees; Middleton One Row
Section 10 of the Teesdale Way is 9.8 km (6.1 miles) from Hurworth-on-Tees (NZ 303102) to Middleton One Row (NZ 352122). Starting from the memorial to King George V at the end of Blind Lane in Hurworth-on-Tees this section of the Teesdale Way undulates gently towards the pretty but diminutive village of Middleton One Row (the clue is in the name).
Whilst historic Hurworth is particularly noted for its village green and the mathematician William Emerson, further along the road we come to the village of Neasham where the Teesdale Way takes to an embankment that separates the village from the river. A short while later we emerge onto a leafy lane that runs past Neasham Hall to Sockburn although we turn left well before, onto the trail once more to make for Low Dinsdale with its manor house (which once belonged to the Surtees family) and church of red stone dedicated to St John the Baptist.
From there the route leaves the road and shortly after begins a kilometre-long trip through the very lovely Dinsdale Wood one of several in the region that is magnificently populated with wild garlic in spring. Out of the wood we somewhat self-consciously cross the patio of a large house and head down its drive to rejoin the woodland trail below Tower Hill. Thereafter, we emerge from the wood onto the steep south-facing village green on The Front at Middleton-One-Row.