Jo’s Monday walk : Bowlees and Low Force

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Last week I left you on a glorious late December day, in the heart of Teesdale, on the North Pennines.  If you remember, I recommended you to the Bowlees Visitor Centre.  It looked very attractive from the outside but, as it is closed till half term, I can’t testify to the food.  The website does mention homemade cakes and scones and local produce, so you can’t go far wrong.

Who would have expected such a day, in the midst of all that rain?  No wonder High Force was looking thunderous and beautiful.  We can move on now, to it’s little, but no less lovely sister, Low Force.

A lane leads down from the Visitor Centre and access to the falls is across a field. (a bit swampy, on this occasion)  Through a stone gate, there’s a drop down to Wynch Bridge, suspended across the River Tees.  The rush of water below is dramatic.  Better yet, off to your right, you catch a glimpse of the tumbling falls.  Cross over the bridge and you can follow the footpath all the way back to High Force.

And we’re back to that idyllic scenery.  Look closely at the next photo and see if you can spot what’s happening there, at the falls.

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Get ready for an action shot!

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Whoo-hoo!  Much braver than me!  There were two youngsters in the canoes, and an older gentleman taking photographs.  It seems they had to keep running the falls till he got a photo he was satisfied with.  What a task master!

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Climbing out again didn’t look all that easy!  And nobody stayed dry- not even the photographer!  But at least they all survived to tell the tale.

Well!  That was exciting, wasn’t it?  And I have to say, completely unexpected.  Let’s have a more tranquil look around now, before we carry on back to High Force.  Note the fungi beneath the trees, and a ‘fossil’ on the wall.

And what could be more calming than sheep?  Can you read the message in stone?  I couldn’t really argue.  Could you?

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A wonderful place to be a walker!  I think so, too.  Let’s wander slowly, back along the river, to our start point at High Force.

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I didn’t get great shots of High Force so I’ll obviously have to go back again.  I think the best vantage point would be from the path above the falls- on the Pennine Way, as you’ll see from the map.

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Time to put the kettle on now, I think, and settle in for a read.  Many thanks to you all for the shares and the appreciation.  If you would like to join in with a walk of your own, details are on my Jo’s Monday walk page.  Just click on the logo above.  You’ll be very welcome.

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That’s it for now!  Hope you enjoyed it.  I think this might be a good time to mention, for any of you thinking of sharing a walk, that I have one more walk to share next week, and then I will be missing for two weeks.  The Algarve is calling- you know how it is!  While I’m gone you can check out those lovely ladies at Monday Escapes.

137 comments

  1. I’d love to give this a try one of thes days! Love the stone sheep, and your photos and writing as always beautiful. Still think that one of the waterfall looks like a painting 🙂

  2. Wonderful account of your walk with some gorgeous shots Jo! I would never be game to go rafting but it makes for some good action shots and the falls are beautiful – definitely a “wonderful place to be a walker”! Enjoy your sojourn in the Algarve and hopefully plenty of sunshine 🙂

  3. For some reason, many of your photographs here reminded me of paintings from The Hudson River School. Just marvelous. And I loved the contrasts of the crazy canoeists and the ever relaxed sheep that followed later. Good stuff as always Jo.

  4. Ohh my, I could never go down the waterfall with a canoe! I’m so afraid of heights!
    But what a stunning place, must be beautiful hiking there! 😀

    Thank you for linking up with #MondayEscapes and have a great week!!

    1. Hi Smidge 🙂 Lovely to meet you! I think I visited the botanic gardens in Edinburgh a long while ago, but have no recollection of them so I’ll pop over and have a look. If you’re into gardens, Jude at Travel Words would probably like your blog too. 🙂

  5. You’re so lucky (or we’re so lucky) you were at that spot at the right time to get pictures of those kayaks, Jo. What fantastic action shots! I love the caption below the sheep – that would make a great image for the top of your ‘Jo’s Monday Walk” page 😀

  6. After all the rain is the very best time to see waterfalls Jo and these are magnificent photos. You did very well capturing such a sharp image of the kayak just going over the lip. My heart would be in my mouth for their safety, ah the impetuousness of youth… Loved the sheep and very appropriate caption. Now was that fossil a real one? It looked a bit contrived… Now to put on the jug and visit the other walkers now I am home I have the time to wander through cyber space. Be careful my friend on those slippery walks.

    1. No, not a real one, Pauline. Just a touch of whimsy 🙂 Shell shocked this morning because I was up at 5, watching Rafa in the Open, and it’s all over! Still struggling to believe it. 😦

  7. Having looked a your pics I’ve decided that kayaking in rapids isn’t for me! Fab captures and I bet the photographer was surprised to have a bit of competition! Love those sheep…

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