The valley of Stanhope Burn

Collier Law & Horseshoe Hill

Walk Summary

A good walk from Stanhope up on to Horseshoe Hill and Collier Law, two of the main summits in the Weardale section of the North Pennines.

Distance: 10.5 miles
Total ascent: 1500ft
Walk Rating: ****
Parking: Car park, Stanhope
Route: Download Route [GPX]

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Walk Report

After numerous trips to the Lakes this year I decided I really should go somewhere else and my mind was made up when I realised I hadn’t been to the North Pennines since January. Having decided on the North Pennines I plumped for this walk as I hadn’t really done much walking in the Weardale area.

The forecast was good but I was a bit worried when I parked the car up in Stanhope as it began to rain. As it turned out it did not last long and apart from a five minute shower just below Horseshoe Hill the weather was very good.

“The walk from Horseshoe Hill to Collier Law was, for the first half, made exceptionally easy by the fantastic path that is Wilkinson’s Cut.”

After an initial wrong turn at a caravan site I set off along Stanhope Burn whose banks, both wooded and moorland proved to be lovely. In fact visually the latter stages of the Burn proved to be one of the highlights of the walk. I nearly had a soaking while fording East Whiteley Burn but fortunately managed to throw my weight back to the bank when I slipped.

The walk from Horseshoe Hill to Collier Law was for the first half made exceptionally easy by the fantastic path that is Wilkinson’s Cut. The latter stages of the climb was a bit rougher, though it was not until I had almost reached the summit that the heather got too deep.

There was not much to choose from in terms of the view from either summit. I think overall Horseshoe Hill’s view of Bolt Law to the west and Derwent Reservoir to the north east just shaded Collier Law’s view of the north east.

The return was fairly easy, again making use of good tracks and eventually the road through Crawleyside. In fact I managed the walk much quicker than I expected.

Not a classic but still a fine walk and a nice reminder of the wild beauty of the North Pennines.

This walk was first published on my MyPennines website.

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