Eggleston Common & Grey Carrs - Sun 23rd May 2010
Area: Eggleston, Teesdale  -  Distance: 17km / 10.5miles  -  Total Ascent: 596metres / 1955ft.
Start/ Finish: GR 9970 3066   -  Grade: Moderate, Map reading skills essential, Boggy in places.

The North Pennines and Teesdale are designated areas of outstanding natural beauty, couple that with a glorious day and we have the recipe for another great walk!
Mainly over rough moorland terrain with a few good paths and tracks this walk shows the beauty of the North Pennines at it's best.

Our route takes us first south over Islington Hill then on to Eggleston Common before descending then climbing again to Grey Carrs. We then turn north and follow the edge of Hamsterley Forest to Sharnberry Gill where we pick up the the miners track leading back to the start of our walk.

We start our walk from the parking area on the B6278 about 7km/4.3mls north of Eggleston GR: 9970 3066


Looking north from the car park at Little Eggles Hope

The first leg of our walk takes us south over Islington Hill marked with a spot ht at 492m/1614ft.

Then on to Eggleston Common a few kilometres further on.


Heading south from Islington Hill
  We pass one of numerous "Curricks" situated along the ridge  
  Welcoming the warm breeze as we made our way along the pathless ridge, stopping momentarily to take a closer look at this nearby pool of water which was covered with Water Boatmen on its surface.

Soon we reach the spot ht. marking the highest point on Eggleston common 488m/1601ft GR: NY 9996 2784

Descending now we head towards Blacton Head then climb again to reach the summit and trig point of Grey Carrs.


    Looking N.W. to Middle End Farm and Plantation with Monk's Moor in the background  

Grey Carrs - 461m/1512ft
GR: NZ 0133 2504

As this is the only visibly marked summit on our route today we thought it appropriate that Gerry should fly the flag and we celebrated the occasion with lunch!

  Another view from Grey Carrs, this time looking N.W.  

We head north now carefully negotiating the bogs near the head of Spurlswood Gill then turn slightly N.E. following the bridleway until we reach the edge of Hamsterley Forest.

Following the fence line north for 3km/1.86mls approx. we join the old miners track heading west along Sharnberry Gill.

  Looking east along Sharnberry Gill.


A mine entrance and old buildings can be seen in the right of the picture as we follow the track west back to the start of our walk.

This was an excellent walk with varied interest and we never saw another soul all day!