|St Agatha's Church, Gilling West|
When I drove up to Teesdale on Thursday, I factored in a walking halt not too far from Scotch Corner. I parked Clint in the village of Gilling West and set off in the sunshine having quickly planned a six mile walk before leaving home. To me it was all virgin territory - a gentler landscape than upper Teesdale.
The walk took in two smaller North Yorkshire villages - Whashton and Hartforth. It was a very pleasant stroll. I did not want to overdo it, knowing that I had a much more arduous walk planned for Friday.
When Clint and I left Gilling West we still had sixteen miles to go to Middleton-in-Teesdale. We drove through Barnard Castle and Cotherstone and then in the village of Romaldkirk, I remembered to visit the local cemetery in order to see the grave of Hannah Hauxwell. I have written about her before. She died just last year. The gravestone is effectively a natural boulder which I would like to think came from her home valley - Baldersdale.
Four more pictures from Thursday's walk plus my picture of Hannah's grave:-
|West of Gilling West|
|Smelt Mill Beck near Whashton|
|Cottages in Whashton|
|Hartforth Hall - now a luxury hotel|
|Hannah Hauxwell's grave in Romaldkirk Cemetery. Clint is in the background.|