out and about with scout. A 10 mile ramble in Teesdale from Barnard Castle to Cotherstone and back. (Circular route)
Sometimes the best experiences are those which aren't planned and happen on the spur of the moment. Certainly this was the case earlier this week when I found myself enjoying a pleasant circular walk starting and finishing in the county Durham market town of Barnard Castle. The catalyst for this was my daughter who was taking part in an event at the Bowes Museum. Naturally I was the designated taxi driver the question being did I drop her off and go back to pick her up later in the day, or did I leave the car at the museum and go for a walk? It shouldn't have been a question at all really if it weren't for the great British weather which had seen some torrential down pours over the preceding days. The day in question didn't look any better and I was in two minds, but in the end thought sod it and loaded my boots, haversack along with number one dog into the back of the car.
I hadn't even thought about where I was going to walk and it was only after studying the map in the museum car park when I decided to follow the Teesdale Way from Barnard Castle to Cotherstone. In my mind I had half an idea I could cross the river at Cotherstone and walk the return journey on the opposite bank. If I couldn't it was no big deal and I would simply retrace my steps back the way I had come. I also thought it looked to be about the right distance as I had six hours in hand before my daughter would be ready to go home. I'm not the swiftest of walkers and generally work on an average of two miles per hour on what I would call fair to normal terrain.