Reservoir in winter 2010
This cycle route covers the undiscovered roads of Upper Weardale that run parallel to the main
valley road. A good introductory route to cycling in Weardale.
This circuit on quiet roads is quite testing as it takes in a number of short sharp climbs and descents. Avoiding
the main road the cyclist gains a different view of the Wear Valley. Discover the small picturesque old lead mining
villages and hamlets overlooking the valley and the reservoir at Burnhop
Undiscovered Weardale 30 miles
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1:1 Leaving the Dales Centre at Stanhope turn RIGHT onto the A689
main valley road.
1:2 Turn RIGHT after 0.7 mile to road sign posted
Rookhope (Brandon Walls & Hill Top). (2)
1:3 After leaving Rookhope village turn left at
Lintzgarth Arch (3)
1:4 Stay on local roads climbing over (Lintzgarth
Common) and (Middlehope Bank) descending Well Bank into the village
of New House (4)
1:5 Bear RIGHT at junction (5) then after 100yds take the first RIGHT in New House towards Cowshill (6)
1:6 In Cowshill at junction with main valley road
turn RIGHT (7) then after 20yds turn LEFT into Cowshill village (8)
1:7 After 100yds turn sharp LEFT towards Burnhope
1:8 At the summit of the climb bear RIGHT along the top
of the reservoir and up the sharp climb.
1:9 Dismount and go through the small access gate
and over the fell track until the junction of Causeway Bank.
1:10 After going through the large gate turn LEFT down
the Causeway into Ireshopeburn (10)
1:11 Turn RIGHT on A689 (11)
1:12 After 50yds turn sharp RIGHT on local road up the
short sharp climb, (12) after 200 yds bear left and proceed to the T junction on
1:13 Turn LEFT towards St John's Chapel, (13) at the
junction of the A689 in St John's Chapel turn RIGHT towards Daddry Shield.
1:14 In Daddry Shield (14) turn right towards Brotherlee
(15, 16, 17, 18 19) and continue on local roads to Stanhope.
1;15 At Junction of A689 turn RIGHT onto main valley road through Stanhope.
!;15 After Weardale Motors Garage on leaving Stanhope turn RIGHT onto local road
1:16 Stay on local roads to Frosterley, (21, 22) at T junction turn left to join A689
1:17 Turn LEFT on main valley road back to Stanhope (24)
Brandon Walls & Hill Top
Height approx 1570ft
Length approx 2 miles
Steepest section 1 in 7
After leaving Stanhope there is a right hand turn marked Rookhope, The road climbs steeply from the start over the
hills in short sharp climbs to Hill Top before descending into Rookhope.
Height 2000 ft
Length: Quarter of a mile
Steepest section 1 in 4
From the top of Scarsike Head the view of this hill looks really daunting. The climb is short and steep with a
section at 1 in 4. A real leg breaker straight after climbing Lintzgarth Common.