GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Romaldkirk Walks

5 miles (8 km)

This picturesque village in County Durham is surrounded by some beautiful Teesdale countryside. There's also a noteworthy Saxon Church and a fine 18th century coaching inn to relax in after your exercise.
This route from the village uses a section of the Teesdale Way to create a circular walk around the village.
The walk starts in the village and follows the waymarked trail south to Low Garth and the river. You then follow a riverside path south to Cotherstone where there's a bridge over the river at the point where the River Balder meets with the River Tees. Cross here and then follow the river north through Shipley Wood to the Raygill Beck. The route then passes Barnley before coming to the neighbouring village of Egglestone where you cross the river on Egglestone Bridge. You then head south past Hewcroft Hill before returning to Romaldkirk.

Postcode

DL12 9EB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Romaldkirk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Romaldkirk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village you can enjoy some post walk refreshment at the Rose and Crown. The 18th century coaching inn sits in a fine position in the village centre, next to the Saxon church. They serve good quality food and have some outdoor seating as well.

Dog Walking

The river and woodland paths make for a fine dog walk. The Rose and Crown mentioned above is also very dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head into nearby Barnard Castle and you could enjoy a walk to the historic Egglestone Abbey.
Just to the west there's some nice waterside walking to be found around Balderhead Blackton and Hury Reservoirs,Grassholme Reservoir, and Selset Reservoir.
For more walking ideas in the area see the County Durham Walks page.

Photos

Romaldkirk. - geograph.org.uk - 132432

Romaldkirk. A Teesdale village scene looking north - Rose & Crown, church, cottages and village green. Greens are fairly common in County Durham.

The Teesdale Way in Romaldkirk, County Durham - geograph.org.uk - 1625334

The Teesdale Way in Romaldkirk, County Durham. This photograph shows part of the route of the Teesdale Way, a long distance walk that passes through Romaldkirk, as it makes its way between Barnard Castle (to the south) and the small village of Eggleston (to the north). The path goes down the road shown in the left-hand side of the picture and turns left just after the big tree. Viewers with good eyesight will see the way-mark post near the boundary wall in the centre of the picture.

Remains of Railway Buildings, Romaldkirk - geograph.org.uk - 78215

Remains of Railway Buildings, Romaldkirk. There obviously used to be a set of sidings and a goods yard at this point on the Darlington to Middleton-in-Teesdale Railway line. This area is now part of a farm.

Low Garth Farm, Romaldkirk, Teesdale - geograph.org.uk - 1476538

Low Garth Farm. The empty and derelict buildings of Low Garth Farm stand in the stunningly beautiful landscape of Teesdale.

Woden Croft rapid - geograph.org.uk - 1196944

Woden Croft rapid. The Tees Racing Stretch has several notable rapids, but Woden Croft is the only one distinguished by a name. It starts shallow and the bouldery bed has a tendency to knock paddlers off their intended line, especially at low water. The prudent canoeist wants to cut across towards the inside of the bend to finish left of centre through this stopper - in low water there is a large rock to be avoided, while at a level even higher than in this shot, the stopper gets quite big. This Swaledale Outdoor Club trip took place in quite wet conditions - at this level the Racing stretch is a blast!

Two rivers and two bridges - geograph.org.uk - 1755317

Two rivers and two bridges. This photograph shows a view of the bridge over the River Tees (on the right) and the bridge over the River Balder (on the left). The picture was taken from the Teesdale Way long-distance footpath looking in a northerly direction towards Shipley Wood.

Stepping Stones - geograph.org.uk - 1723923

Stepping stones across the Wilden Beck on the Teesdale Way

Confluence of the Balder and Tees, Cotherstone - geograph.org.uk - 2040970

Confluence of the Balder and Tees, Cotherstone

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Romaldkirk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)