Experience an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Explore the breathtaking landscapes and pristine wilderness on a day trip that takes you to Langdon Beck, the awe-inspiring Cauldron Snout waterfall, and the serene beauty of West Common. This guided walk will lead you through rugged terrain, picturesque trails, and the wonders of nature. Join us on this remarkable day out and immerse yourself in the magic of North Pennine AONB.
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Turn by Turn Directions
Are you ready for an amazing day out in the North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)? We begin our journey by parking near the Langdon Beck Hotel in Langdon Beck. From there, we head south along the road, passing the Weir as we follow Harwood Beck (see Video at 2:00) before turning west toward the valley. This route takes us along the path of the famous Pennine Way and through the Moor House – Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve (see Video at 2:45).
As we make our way, entering the valley with Raven Scar to the east and Widdy Bank to the east (see Video at 4:30). The walk through the valley is incredibly serene (see Video at 5:25), with some boulder terrain and riverside paths to navigate. Along the way, we pass several charming waterfalls before reaching the awe-inspiring Cauldron Snout waterfall (see Video at 6:50). Please exercise caution when walking beside the waterfall to ensure your safety.
After a short ascent, we arrive at Cow Green Reservoir (see Video at 8:15). Following the path along the northern side of the reservoir, we eventually reach a vantage point (see Video at 8:50), complete with interesting signage and information. Our journey continues along the reservoir’s banks until we encounter a disused mining house (see Video at 9:30). At this point, we turn right and head north, ascending Bleak Law at 621 meters (see Video at 9:50), offering spectacular views across the North Pennine AONB. Please be cautious and try to avoid the peat bogs when descending.
As we return to the valley and Harwood Beck, you may encounter a footbridge that no longer exists (see Video at 11:35). Our route then guides us along the southern bank of the Beck until we reach an alternative bridge crossing (see Video at 13:15) and, on the northern banks, a ruined church.
Our path continues across fields, passing numerous farms along the way. This section of the walk is incredibly peaceful, with abundant wildlife to be spotted. After passing Greenhills (see Video at 15:10), we enjoy a delightful stroll along the Beck’s banks, concluding a remarkable day of hiking in the North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
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Resources used whilst bringing you this walk…
Mapping and Directions:
OS Map App – Ordnance Survey Maps and routing
Maps – Ordnance Survey Maps
Compass – Must have
Jacket – Montane Gravity Gore-Tex Jacket
Footwear – Merrell Accentor Sport GTX
Trousers – Montane BMC Terra Pants
Waterproof Trousers – Mountain Hardwear Epic Pant
Backpack – Hi Gear Active22
Bladder – Camelbak 2.5L Hydration Reservoir
GoPro 5 – Go anywhere action camera
hohem iSteady Pro 4-Gimbal stabiliser – Making your video professional
Lavalier Microphone – Capture professional audio
Insta360 ONE X2-360 Degree Camera – bringing video to a new dimension
Insta360 3M (10ft) Invisible Selfie Stick – make it look like a drone
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A Day in the North Pennine AONB: Langdon Beck, Cauldron Snout, and West Common
Experience an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
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