An enjoyable ramble on the sweeping moors above the Rookhope valley visiting the tops of Dry Rigg and Bolt’s Law and returning via the superb Boltslaw Incline.
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After realising that my visit to Meldon Hill in April was the last time I’d been to the North Pennines I thought I’d better head that way again. After much indecision I finally decided to head back up to Weardale nearly a year after I’d climbed Horseshoe Hill and Collier Law.
After a nice opening ramble along the road from Rookhope a very pleasant climb ensued in an almost straight line following the remains of the flue for the Rookhope chimney.
“Forsaking the the path I headed for the watershed fence and traversed the unmarked top to reach the trig point on the eastern side of the very flat topped moor.”
I was a bit surprised about how out of breath I felt on what was a fairly gentle climb but it was worth it when I reached the site of the chimney and could enjoy the views west along the Dry Rigg edge and across to Middlehope Moor and Killhope Law. Forsaking the the path I headed for the watershed fence and traversed the unmarked top to reach the trig point on the eastern side of the very flat topped moor.
After having a quick snack enjoying the views north and east towards Bolt’s Law I set off to the latter following the fence. This could have proven to be quite rough but apart from a few moist bits it was much easier than expected. From Packlet’s Gate there was a short rough stage up to the path during which I enjoyed some nice views down to Rookhope.
The trig on Bolt’s Law is just 30 yards or so south of a currick which is slightly lower but which is a great vantage point for the view from west to east looking north. The currick also had a few stones at the base that acted as a very handy seat which kept me sheltered while I ate my soup. From the trig I followed the summit fence in search of the currick on the southern edge of the top only to find a pitiful mound of rubble.
I then headed too far south rather than swinging east to pick up the incline. This meant I had to go through some of the roughest heather on the walk though when I did finally reach the currick at the top of the incline it was soon forgotten as this was a fantastic spot with lots of interest.
After an exploration of the buildings I began the descent. The incline itself proved to be an excellent route down though for some reason seemed to take longer than expected, possibly because I was starting to tire.
I really enjoyed this day out and it was great to take some pictures in the beautiful autumn sun. Unfortunately pictures of huge open moorland landscapes do not really do justice to the peace and tranquillity they provide for the soul.
This walk was first published on my MyPennines website.