Circular walk around Holwick, Low Force and Gibson's Cave.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Leaving the Inn walk up the road in the direction of Holwick. After 600 meters the road turns to the right, continue on the road over the cattle grid then take the footpath to the right with a marker post in the field, down through the fields, across two stiles over walls and over a small donkey bridge. Following the path down through a wooden gate to Low Force.
(1) Cross the Wynch Bridge, built in 1830, one at a time, and enjoy a closer look at Low Force. Then continue on the pathway up to a gate and a squeeze stile into farmland. Cross two fields towards the white houses to reach the B6277. Cross the road turning right for a few meters before turning left into a lane with Bowlees Visitor Centre in front of you. Here you can find refreshments and toilets.
(2) Passing the Visitor Centre on your left, up some steps follow the path to the car park, down steps then over a small wooden bridge. The alternative starting point for the walk is from this car park. Here turn left , past some toilets, and continue along the footpath through a wooden gate and up more steps, meandering next to Bow Lee beck for 500 meters, until you reach Summerhill Force and Gibson’s Cave; Gibson was a 16th century outlaw who lived behind the waterfall to stay hidden from the law.
(3) Return along the same path, turning left just before the toilets, up to the tarmac and take the gate on the left. First following the track up an incline then turn right crossing the field to a gate and stile in the corner ahead, across the stile and following a wall on your right continue to Hood Gill. Over a stile next to a wooden gate and continue in the same direction past a barn on the left across two fields to reach the road. Here turn right onto the Newbiggin road. Take the first road on the right to reach the B6277.
(4) Turn right then after 20 metres left into the field opposite, taking a path to the right hand corner, over a stile and down an old narrow path to a footbridge. Cross this and then cross the field ahead with the wood on your right, through a gate. Cross to a bridge and the river Tees ahead. Over the bridge take the stile in front of you and go through the gate on your right . Turning up the field to the left, past a marker stone, through a gate into the next field and continue up to a stile which will bring you out onto the Holwick road. Turn left and walk 300 meters back down to the Strathmore Arms or if you started at Bowlees turn right and follow the directions above.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 268m - Inn
1 : km 1.45 - alt. 267m - Wynch Bridge
2 : km 1.92 - alt. 281m - Visitor Centre
3 : km 2.61 - alt. 315m - Gibson's Cave
4 : km 4.28 - alt. 262m - B6277
D/A : km 5.73 - alt. 268m - Inn
Parking : There is some roadside parking opposite West Farm ( drive past the pub and on past to phone box until you reach a point where the road swings right to Holwick Lodge and a green lane carries straight ahead. please be careful not to block gateways to any fields. If you are combining the walk with refreshments at the pub you may be able to use their car park - check with pub staff before setting out. Alternatively you can start the walk from Bowlees Car Park (see alternative directions below) and stop en-roure for a drink and or lunch.
Refreshments : The Strathmore Arms serves home prepared snacks and meals from 12.00 noon to 8.00 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday and on Monday. On Sunday lunch is available from 12.00 - 3.00 p.m. They offer a range of wines, local real ales and ciders and tea and coffee. The pub is well known for its warming open fire which can be very welcoming in winter ! Outside there is a colourful garden and free Wi-fi is available throughout. Well-behaved dogs receive a warm welcome. The Crossthwaite Common, Coldberry and High Force, and Cronkley Scar walks also pass close to the Strathmore Arms.
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