C2C - Westmorland Loop
Route Section: Westmorland Loop
From Start: 147km (92m) | From Finish: 86km (54m)
Stanhope 21km (13m)
Consett 42km (26m)
Newcastle-upon-Tyne 69km (43m)
Out of Middleton
Turn right out of village on B6282 towards Eggleston.
After 4km take the left turn for 1.5km.
At T-junction turn left onto B6278 all the way to Stanhope, 16km of undulating and breathtaking road.
Middleton in Teesdale is a small, sturdy market town on the north bank of the River Tees. Once more, the early lead and iron ore mining industry was the reason for the settlement’s growth and it is said that the co-operative society which was founded here may predate the Rochdale Pioneers. There is still a Co-operative store in Middleton, which also offers hotels, pubs, fish and chips and a bookshop and gives a general air of hardy self-sufficiency.
The Tourist Information Centre is only open in the mornings, but the bookshop over the road is a useful source of information at other times. Once more, your route touches that of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk, although people doing that will be facing the increasingly bleak approach to the eastern slopes of Cross Fell, to be rewarded at the summit by the prospect of Eden, from which you have just come.
- Tourist Information Centre, 10 Market Place, Middleton in Teesdale DL12 0QG Tel:03000 262626. www.thisisdurham.com
Where To Sleep
The Forresters Hotel & Restaurant
Run by: Franck Marie
Superb little hotel right in the middle of Middleton, run by a French couple. Needless to say, the food is excellent (Mme Marie does the cooking and brings to Teesdale a flavour of her native Normandy). Ice cream, desserts and chocolates all made by Mme Marie. Light lunches possible and the breakfast menu ranges from pancakes and Breakfast Gateau to the full Monty English. Freeview TV and wifi in rooms. Bar serves cocktails, real ale, wines by the glass and has a pool table. A splendid new addition with a large terrace.
Rooms: 3T, 3D, 2S.
B&B: from £35 (£45 single occ).
Lunch: 2 courses for £9.95 or baguettes and wraps.
Eve meal: starters £4.95 to £8.50, mains £9.95 to £20.95.
Weekend lunches: £12.95 for 2 courses, £15.95 for 3. Bar meals and snacks also available.
Secure cycle lock-up and drying facilities.
Run by: Andrew Milnes
Rooms reflect the many period features of the house such as Georgian fireplaces and exposed beams, whilst being fully up to date for comfort. Egyptian cotton bedding and rooms have mini fridge, tv/dvd player and wifi. The cosy lounge has a log fire. Visit Britain 4 star rating plus a Silver Award and a Breakfast award. Members of the ETC cyclists and walkers welcome scheme. Lovely local produce available for evening meals.
Rooms: 3D, 2T.
B&B: £40 (£50 single occ going up to £60 in Jan).
Eve meal: £20 for 2-courses, £24 for 3.
Pk lunch: £5. Secure cycle storage and lock-up.