The Teesdale Way
The Teesdale Way is a long distance walking trail crossing three counties in the North East of England. The western end lies in the sleepy medieval village of Dufton, on the edge of Cumbria’s Eden Valley while, in the east, on the North Sea coast, there’s a choice of either Teesmouth (remote) or Redcar (busy). Between them, in County Durham and Teesside, the route passes through historic Northern towns including Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Yarm, Darlington, Barnard Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale, as well as the many pleasant villages in between.
The route rarely strays far from the River Tees, and like the Weardale Way, can be walked equally well in either direction. We’ve chosen to present it west-to-east so that, in most cases, the wind will be on your back, something you’ll be grateful for if caught in the rain when crossing the Pennines. There’s no doubt however, that many prefer the increasing physical challenge and remoteness that comes with tackling it in the opposite direction but maps and GPS work well in either direction.
You should be aware that neither the Teesdale Way, nor the Weardale Way, is a National Trail and lack the degree of infrastructure associated with trails such as the Pennine Way or Cleveland Way. This means that access and waymarking may not always be what you’d expect. If you’re motivated to try and change the situation you probably already know what to do (feel free to let us know where you had issues but remember that we’re not the authority). In general however, other than in late spring and summer, when vegetation is most abundant, the trails are easy enough to follow if you take along a sense of adventure, a good map and maybe a copy of our TEESDALE WAY POCKET GUIDE
Change is a constant feature of long-distance trails. Although we try to publish updates where appropriate it’s not always possible as we rely on feedback from walkers. We also offer – where we’re able – alternative routings to help walkers avoid unnecessary diversions and closures.
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Stats at a Glance
Distance 148 km/92 miles | Height Gain 1476 m/4842 ft | Maximum Elevation 600 m/1968 ft (Narrow Gate, High Cup Gill) | Number of Sections 14 | Average Distance per Section 10.6 km/6.6 miles | River Length 160 km/99 miles; Tees Head to Cow Green Reservoir 14 km/8.7 miles; Cow Green Reservoir 3.6 km/2.2 miles; Cow Green Dam to Teesmouth 142 km/88.2 miles | GPS File
Click the PLAY arrow on the map to view the route on Plotaroute [How to Use Plotaroute]. You can download the FREE GPS file for the complete route by clicking on the link in the Stats above or – for an individual section – via the links in the same section of the appropriate page listed below.
The Teesdale Way – Section by Section
Section 1 Dufton to Cow Green (14.4 km/8.9 miles)
Section 2 Cow Green to Holwick Head (10.9 km/6.8 miles)
Section 3 Holwick Head to Middleton-in-Teesdale (7.3 km/4.5 miles)
Section 4 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Romaldkirk (9 km/5.6 miles)
Section 5 Romaldkirk to Barnard Castle (9.7 km/6 miles)
Section 6 Barnard Castle to Whorlton (6.8 km/4.3 miles)
Section 7 Whorlton to Gainford (9.2 km/5.7 miles)
Section 8 Gainford to Darlington (12.6 km/7.8 miles)
Section 9 Darlington to Hurworth-on-Tees (9.4 km/5.8 miles)
Section 10 Hurworth-on-Tees to Middleton One Row (9.9 km/6.2 miles)
Section 11 Middleton One Row to Yarm (11.7 km/7.3 miles)
Section 12 Yarm to Stockton-on-Tees (12.2 km/7.6 miles)
Section 13 Stockton-on-Tees to South Bank (12.8 km/7.9 miles)
Section 14 South Bank to Teesmouth or Redcar (11.9 km/7.4 miles OR 10.6 km/6.5 miles )