To start you off here’s a walk starting and ending in the village to help explore the immediate area. This is published by the AA on their website where it starts away from the village at a car park near the Rookhope Arch – we’ve rejigged it here to start beside the pub.
As you’ll probably start at 7 on the Map if you’re staying at Terrace Cottage, pass the post office and the Rookhope Inn, then take a signed path, left. Cross the bridge over Rookhope Burn and turn right along the track at the ‘Rookhope Trails‘ sign. The path ascends to a higher track. Continue over a stile and ahead, past the nursery. After a gate and a wooden stile, turn right over the footbridge, go over the stile and turn left on the road to see the Rookhope Arch more closely.
1 – Walk back towards Rookhope. Opposite the Blanchland road, go right over a stile and footbridge over the Rookhope Burn. Go ahead, bending left when past the white building, then right on to a track. Go through a gate, and left, uphill. After a cattle grid bear left when the track divides. Go through two metal gates to a white house.
2 – Just beyond, take a path left then descend and go through a gate in the wall on your right. Cross the field to a stile, then on through a gate towards a stile by farm buildings. Pass in front of them to a wooden stile. Head downhill towards the village, to a ladder stile.
3 – After the stile walk past buildings and turn right along the track for ¾ mile (1.2km), going through three gates, then through a farmyard with two more. Follow the track beyond, uphill, to where it bends left.
4 – Turn left. As the track disappears continue downhill to a stile. Turn left along the road. Just after a small lay-by go right over a stile, signed ‘Weardale Way‘. Cross the footbridge and climb the path opposite, bearing right. Walk through the field, go over a stile then uphill to a gate on the ridge.
5 – Cross the lane and go through a gate opposite. The track curves left then disappears. Go towards the left of the buildings, then bear left keeping beside the wall. At the field end go right, over a stile, then head left to a gate by the house.
6 – Go through the gate and up steps on your right to a hand gate into the field. Turn left, behind the house, go though a gate and cross the field bearing slightly left to another gate. Walk behind the buildings and at the end take a wooden gate to the left of a metal farm gate. Pass the large farm building then go downhill to a stile on to a lane. Turn right, then right again at the junction into Rookhope village.
- Distance 5.2 miles (8.4km)
- Minimum time 2hrs
- Ascent/gradient 508ft (155m)
- Level of difficulty Medium
- Paths Tracks and field paths, one steep climb. Use former railway tracks as embankment may be unstable in places
- Landscape Former lead mining area with reminders of industrial past
- Suggested map aqua3 OS Explorer 307 Consett & Derwent Reservoir
- Parking Parking area beside Rookhope Arch, west of village
- Public toilets in the Village