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North Pennines, Cow Green Reservoir – England

North Pennines

Cow Green reservoir is a two mile long reservoir, which was built in 1971. Despite the construction, a lot of local flora and fauna has managed to survive and the surrounding area is still rich with rare alpine plants, like the local Teesdale violet. The area is not swamped with hikers either, as sheep will likely be your companion for most of a trip around this location.

This trail is easily accessible and has couple of historical towns nearby too, like Langdon Beck, which can add that extra attraction to your visit as well as provide an overnight shelter. When it comes to the trail itself, rest assured there are separate parking and public toilets facilities available. Moreover, the trail includes a couple of old mine locations, which add an extra feel of adventure and curiosity.

Cauldron_SnoutThis public trail in North Pennines also offers a range of activities, ranging from scenic and bird watching walks to more challenging rocky areas. The latter boast the chance to view rare rock formations of sugar limestone and the Great Whin Sill.

When it comes to choosing a route, the main trail follows along the two mile stretch of the reservoir, then turns towards the dam. Although the passage way across the dam is closed, there is a path to climb down nearby to acknowledge the dam water stream from a closer angle. Following the path brings about numerous stop spots too, which demonstrate all of the rare flora and fauna, as well as rare landscape formations.

The trail also includes a considerable amount of dolerite cliffs, though bear in mind these will require some skill to climb up and down. A particular highlight of taking up the challenge though is the opportunity to admire the Cronkley Scar cliff, which stretches for almost a mile and can be a fascinating trail on its own.

North Pennines UKNonetheless, all of the intermediate routes in North Pennines include at least one high flow waterfall, with one of the most popular ones being Cauldron Snout with its rock-based, slippery steps down. To avoid injuries here, appropriate footwear is key. Therefore, we recommend you acquire some quality hiking boots for such landscapes from the likes of SOLETRADER or Brantano ahead of your trek. Also take note that the area is high above sea level (approximately 1,650 feet), so sudden weather changes should be expected.

These are just a couple of recommended routes though; in all the Cow Green Reservoir trail has numerous length options ranging from 5 miles to 12 miles and more. Whichever route you take, rest assured you will be on track to explore so many of the fascinating areas that the North Pennines has to offer.

A memorable moment in GR20


I have been involved in trekking before, but this one in the GR20 is a memorable one. This trekking becomes memorable to me because of the great experience am getting here. I had never experienced a lot new things before making the trekking completely interesting. GR20, France is a 15-day hiking activity, which I am enjoying as I trek in all the 168 Kilometers.


The most interesting thing about this long distance trail is that it gives diversity since there are different landscapes that are available here making the whole process great and interesting too. In addition, I have realized that the landscape where the trail traverses make it beautiful and gorgeous. Not only so, the varying landscapes along the trail makes the trekking exercise interesting and lively.


Moreover, the trek has forests, granite moonscapes, and windswept craters. These make the trek look great. Having the sight of the whole trail, it is looking attractive and I am encouraged to continue with the trekking. In addition, there are bogs, maquis and snow-capped peaks. There are also plains and névés with snow making the whole trek long great from far.


Red and white marks and sometimes piles of roc...


Besides the whole exercise being enjoyable, several hardships and challenges come along with it. The challenges that I am experiencing as I walk this 104mi trek is that there are rocks along the path. This is making it hard for me to walk faster since it tiring to walk all through on these rocks. After reaching to some place, the path sometimes becomes steep. with sharp rock faces seen. However, despite these challenges on the part of the path, the whole hiking is fun and interesting. The hardships experience during trekking gives pride and a satisfaction once am through to the end of the trail. Besides having great experience in trekking, one sees the beauty of the place.


What I learnt about GR20 is that it was created in 1972. In addition, there are many travel agencies that offer their transport services to these location. This has made it easier for me to access the place since there is a great transport system to the place. During the trekking, I get extremely hungry. Thanks to the refuges that are here and are selling food and water. The refuge is the only place where you can buy some snacks or water to drink when walking on the trail. After being in the scorching sun for some time, the water bought from the refuge helps a lot in quenching the thirst.


The Haute Route, France-Switzerland


With millions of trails crisscrossing the mighty Alps which arc through Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria and Germany, you could spend your entire lifetime hiking in these amazing trails. But The Haute Route linking Chamonix in France to the southern part of Zermatt in Switzerland, delivers far more scenic beauty and adventure in a single achievable trail. It takes you through some of the most difficult and highest terrains in Europe which passes through ten of the twelve highest peaks of the mighty Alps. Weaving through the green pine forests sprinkled with berries and wild mushrooms, you would often emerge onto green grasslands where herders graze their sheep, goat and cows throughout the spring.
English: Lac des Dix (Grande Dixence), Valais....      Today the route is popular for its 200 km summer trek and winter ski mountaineering. The trek does not require any special skills or technical ability and is suited for any hiker who is fit and healthy to survive the 14 day hike gaining a total of about 14000 meters in elevation. A wide network of huts and tents allows the hikers to have occasional showers, healthy and clean accommodation with delicious food. All the hikers have to hike without any sleeping bags, tents or stoves. The trail is full of adventure and is a lot of fun.
Though the Haute Route is bi directional, most of the hikers start from Chamonix and then move towards the south region as written in most of the books and guide tours. This puts the harsh sun on the back of hikers as they ascend the slopes of Alps. From the north of Mont Blanc you will make swift ascent past the dramatic and shiny needles of snowy dome to a small refuge camp at Col De Balme. You will pass through a


Map of the Swiss part of the Eastern Alpsseries of beautiful and peaceful glaciers ending up in the cold deserts filled with snow dust. On the fourth day, you will take a stroll through eastern shore of Lac Dix, which is considered to be the most harsh and challenging route of the whole journey. Fin ally after thirteen days of hard work, you will climb the valley leading to Zermatt which is the final point of the destination.
You will be amazed and blessed with the beauty of Matterhorn. The great Swiss mountains along with the scenic beauty is the perfect ending to an amazing trail. It is no doubt that the Haute Route is the most adventurous and rewarding Swiss Alps long distance tour.