A walk on to the moors above Middleton-in-Teesdale, including the summit of Monk's Moor, before returning via the valley of Hudes Hope Beck.
|Parking:||Car park, Middleton-in-Teesdale|
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This walk was a bit of a compromise as I couldn't go for a particularly long walk due to the shorter days and so I decided to go for somewhere fairly close in the North Pennines.
As it turned out, the morning at least, was probably the nicest day of the year up to that point but rather strangely I just didn't really enjoy myself. Perhaps the sun was too low and bright for taking good photos and the views too distant to really inspire or perhaps it was the rough detour I did to the Raven Hills trig point which spoiled the flow of the walk. Whatever it was this walk didn’t really click for me.
This was a shame as the view from the fine shelter currick at the summit was good and the short rim of boulders was also a nice surprise. The return along the valley of Hudes Hope with its ghostly remnants of past mining activity was also full of interest. If I was ever to do the walk again I would reverse the route and not bother with the trig point. That would probably make a much more satisfying experience.