Middleton in Teesdale is a small, sturdy market town on the north bank of the River Tees.  Once more, the early lead and iron ore mining industry was the reason for the settlement’s growth and it is said that the co-operative society which was founded here may predate the Rochdale Pioneers.  There is still a Co-operative store in Middleton, which also offers hotels, pubs, fish and chips and a bookshop and gives a general air of hardy self-sufficiency.


The Tourist Information Centre is only open in the mornings, but the bookshop over the road is a useful source of information at other times.  Once more, your route touches that of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk, although people doing that will be facing the increasingly bleak approach to the eastern slopes of Cross Fell, to be rewarded at the summit by the prospect of Eden, from which you have just come.


Local information

Tourist Information Centre, 10 Market Place, Middleton in Teesdale DL12 0QG  Tel:03000 262626. Web.