Bellbeaver Rigg

Bellbeaver Rigg & Viewing Hill

Walk Summary

A somewhat rough and largely pathless walk to the North Pennine summits of Bellbeaver Rigg and Viewing Hill with good views of the upper reaches of Teesdale.

Distance: 6.5 miles
Total ascent: 770ft
Walk Rating: ***
Parking: Layby, Yad Moss
Route: Download Route [GPX]

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Walk Report

With the physio hopeful my knee could be fixed easily enough I wanted to try something a bit more ambitious in terms of height than my last couple of walks.

The fact that this walk started off so high up made this a good choice while the fact that most of the walk would be on rough pathless moorland made it a test for my knee as well. The views, especially of Cross Fell and the Dun Fells, were excellent from the outset and the everchanging cloud hanging over them ensured I was taking plenty of photographs.

While the walking was fairly rough in places I've certainly been over worse and it was lovely to see the seasonal change of the moorgrass in to the lovely red colour I like so much. Somewhat surprisingly I found Bellbeaver Rigg the most satisfying of the two summits in terms of the view although Viewing Hill did have a good view of Cow Green Reservoir in the descent. By this time I was starting to get a bit of an ache in my knee so being able to walk back on the excellent mine road proved to be just what I needed.

I enjoyed this walk probably more than I expected to and the scenery, though rarely changing, was first class and was just what I needed with worries over my knee and a fairly stressful week at work.