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Baldersdale Reservoirs and Moorland

MODERATE 3 reviews

Baldersdale Reservoirs and Moorland is a 9.2 kilometer loop trail located near Barnard Castle, Durham, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 9.2 km Elevation Gain: 241 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching



partially paved



A circular walk in the area of Baldersdale, just north of Barnard Castle in County Durham, within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The walk leads you on a journey to discover the gems of this beautiful valley, including the River Balder which flows through three large reservoirs here – Balderhead Reservoir, Blackton Reservoir and Hury Reservoir, as well as the flower-rich meadows and the wild terrain of Cotherstone Moor. The rich habitats are home to a wide variety of birds and the vistas are truly beautiful. The walk includes several climbs and descents throughout. It follows a mixture of tarmac access lanes, grass and stone tracks and paths through grass meadows and pastures (some of which can be uneven and muddy). You will need to negotiate several gates and a few footbridges. One wooden footbridge has wooden stiles at each end (but there is an alternative ford in the narrow stream which has stepping stones) and you will also need to negotiate a couple of stone stiles as you pass alongside cattle grids (these should be easy enough for most dogs). You will be sharing the paths with free-roaming sheep for almost the entire length of the walk and you will also cross at least two pastures that are likely to be holding cattle. There are no facilities on route but there are picnic benches in the parking area at the start. Allow 3 hours.

10 months ago

Good circular walk, nice easy route, very peaceful, includes walk through Hannah�s meadow, this is the best app for walking, never fails

Sat Oct 06 2018

Myself and my partner did the walk today, fantastic clear instructions. Beautiful scenery. Would recommend.