North from Hury Reservoir to Mickleton via paths, tracks and minor roads, then north-west along the Tees Railway Path to Middleton-in-Teesdale. South-west to Harter Fell using A Pennine Journey, before dropping down to Grassholme Reservoir in Lunedale. Continuing south to Blackton Reservoir and finally east through Baldersdale to the starting point. A 15-mile walk in the North Pennines.
The best map to use on this walk is the Ordnance Survey map of the North Pennines, reference OS Explorer OL31, scale 1:25,000. It clearly displays footpaths, rights of way, open access land and vegetation on the ground, making it ideal for walking, running and hiking. The map can be purchased from Amazon in either a standard, paper version or a weatherproof, laminated version, as shown below.
Hury Reservoir, Baldersdale, one of three reservoirs in the area filled by the River Balder. The other two, to the west of Hury, are Blackton and Balderhead.
Path across the Hury Reservoir dam.
Valve tower and access bridge at Hury Reservoir.
First sighting of Grassholme Reservoir in Lunedale from Harker Hill. To the west of Grassholme is Selset Reservoir, and both are filled by the River Lune, which then flows into the River Tees near Middleton-in-Teesdale.
The Tees Railway Path between Mickleton and Middleton-in-Teesdale.
Middleton-in-Teesdale bridge carrying the B6277 over the River Tees.
The River Tees, fast-flowing and full of sediment and soil after overnight rainstorms.
Looking back over Middleton-in-Teesdale from the Pennine Way on Intake Hill.
The view north-west over Teesdale.
The view of Grassholme Reservoir from A Pennine Journey near Harter Fell.
Approaching Blackton Reservoir.
The view south-east towards Blackton Reservoir and Goldsborough.
Beautiful countryside and farmland in Baldersdale.
Hury Reservoir side channel.