North Pennines walk – Hury Reservoir and Middleton-in-Teesdale

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 14-mile walk in the North Pennines.

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.

Grassholme Reservoir.

Approaching Blackton Reservoir.

The view south-east towards Blackton Reservoir and Goldsborough.

Blackton Reservoir.

Beautiful countryside and farmland in Baldersdale.

Hury Reservoir side channel.