River Tees at Low Coniscliffe

(Thanks Gary Richardson)

 

Start and Finish

Lay-by on A67 west of Darlington, next to the Baydale Beck pub. Grid Reference: 252132

Description

Distance: approx 3 miles Approx walking time: 1hour 15 minutes. A walk comprising of field and riverside paths. Which takes in part of the Teesdale Way, along a beautiful part of the lower River Tees. A popular area for dog walkers, so expect lots of company. The paths can be muddy after heavy spells of rain.

The Walk

Leave the car park and walk along the A67 towards the bus stop. Cross the road and turn down the access road into Low Consicliffe village. Follow this until the first lane on your right. Turn down the lane and follow this for a while, you will have houses on your right and fields on your left. Where the lane takes a sharp left hand turn go through the gate on your right onto a farm track. Follow the track over the A1(M) motorway via the bridge, continue on the track across the fields until you reach the river, ignore a track going off to the left at about two thirds the way across.

At the river turn left, downstream, and follow the riverside path, initially through woods and then in open fields. After passing two gates, usually open, with stiles on their right hand sides the path will take a sharp left hand turn.

After a couple of hundred metres the river will appear in front of you, and the path will take another sharp left turn. The path will emerge from the trees for a short time, still keeping the river on the right hand side, only to go back into the them, where there is a Nš 25 painted on one tree in front of you. The path then wanders through the woods until the motorway is reached again, this time passing underneath a bridge. The path now becomes tarmac to reach a small parking area. Go through the wooden 'kissing' gate and then over the green metal stile directly opposite, the path continues through the woods to reach a second metal stile behind some houses.
Here cross the stile and turn left on a gravel lane to reach the road, in about 50 metres. Turn right and follow the road until a footpath sign can be seen leading down a narrow path between two houses. Follow this to cross two fields and emerge on the A67 opposite the Baydale Beck pub. Cross the road to reach the car park.