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Walk 1:  Cauldron Snout                                                   Saturday 22nd April 2023

This walk is accessible for those staying in Haltwhistle without a car as it begins and ends in the Market Place.

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Our Festival opens with this spectacular walk. Superb views of the high Pennine Fell around the headwaters of the River Tees set the scene for this adventure which begins from Cow Green Reservoir. Close up, we see many of the rocks that make this remote and dramatic landscape so special. It is a haven for rare and interesting plants whose importance are internationally recognised. Soon our path picks up the Pennine Way National Trail and stays with it until we enter a narrow gorge.  At times, the riverside path is strewn with boulders so both balance and nimble footwork are required. Finally, we hear the sound of Cauldron Snout, where the River Tees flows over the Great Whin Sill, before the waterfall comes into view. An exciting, short scramble up the side of Cauldron Snout takes us back to Cow Green. Great care and, more importantly, a head for heights are needed but this is sure to be the walk of the Festival!

Distance: Approx 10.5 miles       Grade:  4, Strenuous       Ascent/Descent: Approx 960 feet

Meet: 08:50 (for coach leaving at 09:00 at Haltwhistle Market Place (GR NY708640)

Parking: There is a large car park beside Sainsbury’s, off Fair Hill.

Fee: £20              Places: 27

Bring: Packed lunch plus extra rations for a long day out.

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