15/10/16 Barnard Castle Circular ‘A’ Geoff Palmer ‘B’ Margaret Palmer
It was a wet and misty start for the last walk of the season as 42 members travelled the short distance to Barnard Castle. After coffee, and just before the ‘A’ walk started the rain stopped. The ‘A’ party set away passing the entrance to the now ruinous castle and descended to the River Tees which we crossed on the road bridge. After a short distance of road walking we picked up a track leading us through a caravan park then fields to Egglestone Abbey. Here we admired the architecture and the views before continuing on to join a riverside path through woodland. The path was covered with leaves in wonderful shades of yellows, reds and browns. We crossed a bridge at the Meeting of the Waters where the River Greta flows into the River Tees. Field tracks were followed to the village of Whorlton which we reached by crossing the River Tees on a suspension bridge. After lunch sitting on a circular seat around a tree on the village green, we returned to the river to walk back to Barnard Castle on the north side. This path was high above the river through fields with one field having been ploughed right to the field edge. Everyone had to scrape the mud from their boots after crossing that particular field. We descended a flight a steps in the woodland to view the Meeting of the Waters again. This view being made famous by
the artist JMW Turner. After going through woodland we crossed the main road next to Abbey Bridge and followed field paths back to Barnard Castle where after a prolonged stop we travelled directly home. For the third time this season the fare was reduced, not by half but still a slight saving. A good day to end the season.