Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This trail offers more adventurous disabled visitors an opportunity to get up into the hills and experience the invigorating effects of the elements. It offers panoramic views across the reservoir, the surrounding uplands and its habitats such as limestone grassland, blanket bogs and summit heaths. Visitors may see upland birds such as golden plover (spring/early summer), lapwing and red grouse. Rare plants such as spring gentian and bird’s eye primrose grow close to the path in spring. Access to the dam wall gives excellent views across the reservoir and down towards Cauldron Snout. The route is Tarmac 3 - 4m wide and also used by vehicles. The trail is 3.2 km each way and predominantly downhill to the reservoir with long sloping sections that may be a barrier on the return to the car park. Maximum gradient is 1 in 8. Some visitors may need companions to push or give other assistance. There are no seats but there are opportunities to rest where the route levels out. Check the local and mountain weather forecasts, pick the day you visit and prepare well, carrying weather proof clothing as the weather can deteriorate quickly and a wonderfully rewarding upland experience awaits you.

Surveyed by: David Gribble, October 2013 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 3.1 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Parking bays are not marked and there are no designated spaces for blue badge holders. The surface is uneven with potholes and loose gravel surfaces in places. Parking close to the access road offers the easiest access to the start of the route.
Steps: No
Barriers: There are long steeply graded sections that are especially challenging to mobility impaired visitors maximum gradient is approximately 1 in 8. Resting is possible where the route levels out but there is no seating, some features along the route may allow visitors the opportunity to sit or perch and rest. A kissing gate may present a barrier to users of larger wheelchairs and mobility scooters. A diagram in the photo trail gives its dimensions. There is very limited mobile phone coverage.
Toilets: No

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Path Accessible Toilets coffee and refreshments available at Bowlees Visitor centre and High force Car park both on the B6277 towards Middleton-in-Teesdale. Availability may vary with season

The car park surface is uneven with a loose mixed gravel topping

Barrier The car park surface is uneven with a loose mixed gravel topping

 

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Interpretation panels at start of route

Start Interpretation panels at start of route

Uneven loose surfaces with a number of larger exposed stones of varying height. Extensive information is provided but none in alternative formats.

Information Uneven loose surfaces with a number of larger exposed stones of varying height. Extensive information is provided but none in alternative formats.

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View across reservoir to Meldon Hill at 767m above sea level

View View across reservoir to Meldon Hill at 767m above sea level

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Route rises  for approx 450m at 1 in 20

Path Route rises for approx 450m at 1 in 20

Limestone quarried pavement small fossils may be found here

Feature of Interest Limestone quarried pavement small fossils may be found here

On the right is the alternative inaccessible route down to the kissing gate. Former tramway  the  track is visible in places

Feature of Interest On the right is the alternative inaccessible route down to the kissing gate. Former tramway the track is visible in places

Route graded down at approx 1 in 15 gradient

Path Route graded down at approx 1 in 15 gradient

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Listen and watch for Golden Plover on Limestone Band 
Photo credit Peter Lowes

Wildlife Listen and watch for Golden Plover on Limestone Band Photo credit Peter Lowes

Disused Quarry

Feature of Interest Disused Quarry

Sharp turn on route. with very steep gradients and loose surfaces if the shortest sharpest turn is taken. Resting on the wall may be an option for some visitors.

Path Sharp turn on route. with very steep gradients and loose surfaces if the shortest sharpest turn is taken. Resting on the wall may be an option for some visitors.

the route continues down to a kissing gate at a max gradient of approx 1 in 20.
Mickle Fell in distance highest hill in County Durham

Path the route continues down to a kissing gate at a max gradient of approx 1 in 20. Mickle Fell in distance highest hill in County Durham

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Fall to left side of path

Path Fall to left side of path

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Aluminium markers on fencing to prevent Grouse flying into the fence

Feature of Interest Aluminium markers on fencing to prevent Grouse flying into the fence

 

Information

narrow 800mm (31.5ins) route past deep pot hole makes negotiating the gate difficult for some people . Standing water and ice may be an issue in freezing conditions.
The latch handle is 1280mm (50 ins) above ground level

Gate narrow 800mm (31.5ins) route past deep pot hole makes negotiating the gate difficult for some people . Standing water and ice may be an issue in freezing conditions. The latch handle is 1280mm (50 ins) above ground level

 

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Shake holes erosion of underlying lime stone by rain

Information Shake holes erosion of underlying lime stone by rain

Route from kissing gate is level or gently graded for approx 160m

Path Route from kissing gate is level or gently graded for approx 160m

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Route is graded down at approx 1 in 12.

Path Route is graded down at approx 1 in 12.

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Route falls steeply down to Slape Stone Sike with steep sections at 1 in 10 and 1 in 7.

Path Route falls steeply down to Slape Stone Sike with steep sections at 1 in 10 and 1 in 7.

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Route crosses Slape Stone Sike

Path Route crosses Slape Stone Sike

Falls to side of route

Path Falls to side of route

Birds Eye Primrose Photo credit Natural England

Information Birds Eye Primrose Photo credit Natural England

Route climbs up for 50 meters at approx 1 in 11

Gradient Route climbs up for 50 meters at approx 1 in 11

Disused mine shaft with Spoil contains Barytes Barium Sulphate. Used in radiation shields and in paint for white goods

Feature of Interest Disused mine shaft with Spoil contains Barytes Barium Sulphate. Used in radiation shields and in paint for white goods

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Path rises up at approx 1 in 20 for 250m.
Mickle Fell in the background

Path Path rises up at approx 1 in 20 for 250m. Mickle Fell in the background

 

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Path continues at shallow gradients

Path Path continues at shallow gradients

Weather station

Feature of Interest Weather station

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Route falls  at max gradient 1 in 8

Path Route falls at max gradient 1 in 8

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Rare Spring Gentian in protective enclosures may be seen here between Easter and the end of September

Path Rare Spring Gentian in protective enclosures may be seen here between Easter and the end of September

Spring Gentian 

Photo credit Natural England

Wildlife Spring Gentian Photo credit Natural England

Path Exposed Sugar Limestone to left side of path.

Path crosses Red Sike. Falls to each side of the path.

Path Path crosses Red Sike. Falls to each side of the path.

Red Sike

Information Red Sike

Short 5m section of uneven tarmac

Path Short 5m section of uneven tarmac

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View of Dam

View View of Dam

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Good mobile signal  signed mostly off the tarmac path and very limited elsewhere

Path Good mobile signal signed mostly off the tarmac path and very limited elsewhere

View across dam

View View across dam

Gate giving access to Dam wall. Open the gate requires lifting a heavy metal latch set at 1220mm (48 ins) above ground level

Gate Gate giving access to Dam wall. Open the gate requires lifting a heavy metal latch set at 1220mm (48 ins) above ground level

Route across Dam 310m long and 2.5m wide. Wall is approx 960mm high with a bar at 1200mm( 47 ins) above 
ground level

Feature of Interest Route across Dam 310m long and 2.5m wide. Wall is approx 960mm high with a bar at 1200mm( 47 ins) above ground level

Surface uneven and loose at some locations

Path Surface uneven and loose at some locations

Bar and height of wall limits views by some smaller people and some wheelchair users

Path Bar and height of wall limits views by some smaller people and some wheelchair users

 

View

Great Dunn Fell on the left

Feature of Interest Great Dunn Fell on the left

Views from Dam wall.
Great Dunn Fell on the left Little Dun Fell in the centre and Cross Fell on the right

View Views from Dam wall. Great Dunn Fell on the left Little Dun Fell in the centre and Cross Fell on the right

View down to Cauldron Snout from Dam wall

View View down to Cauldron Snout from Dam wall

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Route drops down to Bridge at end of route for 100m at a gradient  approx 1 in 25

Gradient Route drops down to Bridge at end of route for 100m at a gradient approx 1 in 25

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View of dam wall with water overflowing

View View of dam wall with water overflowing

 

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Gradient down to Bridge and end of outward route approx 350m with max gradient of 1 in 8

Path Gradient down to Bridge and end of outward route approx 350m with max gradient of 1 in 8

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Inaccessible route, part of the Pennine way, from bridge at base of dam down past Cauldron Snout

View Inaccessible route, part of the Pennine way, from bridge at base of dam down past Cauldron Snout

End of the outward route. Beyond the bridge is the continuation of the Pennine way

End End of the outward route. Beyond the bridge is the continuation of the Pennine way

Cauldron Snout may not  be accessible to disabled visitors and access may present a challenge to non disabled visitors

Feature of Interest Cauldron Snout may not be accessible to disabled visitors and access may present a challenge to non disabled visitors

Cow Green Reservoir Nature Trail Phototrail

 

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