Day 44: Langdon Beck – Middleton-in-Teesdale – Lunedale – Baldersdale

15.5 miles – warm, sunny, a gentle breeze

The teenaged River Tees from Cronkly Bridge. I had forgotten the glorious colour of water under a blue sky!

I rejoined the Pennine Way, to which I have been paying scant attention for two days, soon after leaving the youth hostel. The sun shone, the birds left off their territorial disputes and drowsed, the River Tees sang its merry, teasing song, and I walked forth in peace.

Juniper trees, rare growing wild in England, abound here, although currently hampered by an infection which is killing too many of them.
The River Tees
Home, framed by trees.

After lunch at Middleton it was much the same: sheep-enfolded fields, firm, healthy moorland and oozing sunshine. I dreamed the afternoon away.

A spaceship arrives above Middleton.
Looking back at Middleton.
A Durham farmhouse.
A Durham Farm
Onwards across the moor.

I pitched my tent in a little sliver of woodland in Baldersdale, still at peace.

Making evening tea.

Comments (8):

  1. Noa

    7 July 2022 at 23:38

    Oh, I love that spaceship, fantastic photo!

  2. Jennifer Hopkins

    8 July 2022 at 08:40

    Just loving your posts Toby – such delightful reading and always so engaging – thank you so much for keeping up the effort ! Hope this reply reaches you – much love Jennifer XXX

    • Toby

      10 July 2022 at 11:20

      It did, Jennifer!
      I love writing the posts, although it’s time consuming – worth the effort though. Thanks for reading them and being so supportive.
      Toby X

  3. Ali and LA

    9 July 2022 at 08:11

    To think we used to live in the middle of all that glorious solitude, so good weather. Well done Toby. It’s not easy going. Low Force looking good. We enjoyed seeing the alpine flowers near Cronkley. Little blue gentians etc. Xx

    • Toby

      10 July 2022 at 11:28

      Ahh! I didn’t know whether it was ‘Low Force’ or ‘High Force’! I’ll amend the post when I get a chance. So what draws us back to Hastings…?

  4. Julia Bevan

    9 July 2022 at 10:40

    How lovely that you have blue skies and blue water – long may it last! xx

    • Toby

      10 July 2022 at 11:30

      I deserve it! However, it knocked me for six. Winter to summer overnight. I’m hoping to get to Burton about 16th July.

  5. Cecy Kemp

    13 July 2022 at 16:46

    My spiritual homeland. Safe walking. Xx


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