High Cup Nick on the Teesdale Way a deep chasm in the pennines, dark sheer sides, river in valley, sunset

Teesdale Way

100 miles Moderate

From South Gare Lighthouse near Redcar, this walk follows the River Tees to Dufton in Cumbria. It is a walk of contrasts, starting near the site of the former Redcar steelworks and finishing in the remote Pennines. In between it passes by the magnificent Tees Transporter Bridge, the Roman fort remains at Piecebridge, the 12th-Century Barnard Castle, Cauldron Snout waterfall and High Cup Nick chasm.

The Teesdale Way terrain is moderate, with the highest point on the path only 1130 ft high. For much of its length, the path follows the River Tees. From Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton it links up with the Pennine Way. The section from Langdon Beck to Dufton is the most challenging, with a steepish climb up the side of the Cauldron Snout waterfall before continuing across moorland to the famous High Cup Nick chasm. Read about the industrial landscapes you’ll come across on the Teesdale Way Path in our blog


  • Day 1   South Gare Breakwater  to Middlesborough – 10.5 miles
  • Day 2   Middlesborough to Yarm – 13.4 miles
  • Day 3   Yarm to Hurworth-on-Tees – 14.2 miles
  • Day 4   Hurworth-on-Tees to Gainford – 15.5 miles
  • Day 5    Gainford to Barnard Castle – 10.4 miles
  • Day 6   Barnard Castle to Middleton-in-Teesdale – 13 miles
  • Day 7    Middleton-in-Teesdale to Langdon Beck – 9 miles
  • Day 8   Langdon Beck to Dufton – 14 miles

The most popular direction to do this walk is from East to West , but if you would prefer to go from West to East then this can be easily arranged. Both ends of the walk are near mainline train stations in Redcar (for South Gare) and Appleby-in-Westmoreland (for Dufton).


The price for a holiday walking the Teesdale Way Path is from £895 per person (based upon 2 people sharing). This includes:

  • Personalised itinerary for walking the Teesdale Way Path on a self-guided basis over 8 days
  • 9 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation on a double or twin room basis (this includes B&B for the night before you start and the day you finish)
  • Taxis for drop-off/pick-up where the B&B is not within easy walking distance of the Path
  • Advice on travel arrangements to and from the start and finish points
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer maps which can be downloaded onto the OS App
  • Kit checklist – covering boots & socks, clothes & waterproofs, and other useful kit
  • Helpline – you can call us at any time

If you are a solo traveller, then the price is £1190. This is because most B&Bs do not have single rooms and so will charge almost as much for one person as for two.

Key Information:

  • Time of Year: this walk can be done at any time of year, although if you choose to go between November and March then you will have to contend with winter weather conditions and shorter daylight hours. Therefore, we would suggest that the best time to go is between April and October.
  • Terrain: The terrain is moderate. For much of its length, the path is relatively level with a few steep climbs and descents in the central section. The walking surfaces are generally good, but can be muddy in places depending upon the time of year.
  • Waymarking: The route is well signposted with green discs bearing the name of the walk.
  • Bed & Breakfast: We always aim to book good quality B&B accommodation as near as possible to the path. Despite the fact that the Teesdale Way Path is a popular long-distance walk, there are not a huge number of B&Bs actually on the Path itself or within easy walking distance. This means that sometimes the only option is to book B&Bs that are away from the Path and arrange pick-up/drop-offs by taxi.
  • Refreshments: Compared with some other routes, this walk is actually quite good for places en route where you can get a cup of coffee (and maybe even a bacon butty or cake!) while not having to deviate from the path. Whether these will be open depends upon the time of year, day of week and time you happen to be passing.

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