The South Tyne at Garrigill

  • A peaceful walk along the South Tyne
  • The village of Garrigill is full of charm and character
  • Reverse the walk by joining the quiet footpaths

I have heard Garrigill being described as the ‘land that time forgot’ which certainly rings true to the many people who pass through this small village near Alston. Most of these tend to be walkers on the Pennine Way or the ever increasing number of cyclists as opposed to workers of the old lead mining industry which thrived 100 years or more ago. The walk along the embryonic South Tyne does follow part of the Pennine Way but also smaller riverside paths which are quieter and full of reflective calm, it is better than the section nearer to Alston and perfect for those after complete peace and freedom.

Recommend: Do have a good poke around the village, visit the Post Office and the pub and do stay the night to really soak in the atmosphere of this unique small village.

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Garrigill Riverside map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL31 North Pennines Buy Map
Start Point: NY 745415. Park in the centre of Garrigill and head slightly uphill towards Alston. A sign soon directs you to the river.
Height to Climb: 102 ms (335 feet)
Terrain: Easy walking although being riverside it can be muddy in places.
Eating & Drinking: The Coach & Horses in Garrigill offers an interesting retreat after the walk. Full of character and history.
Similar Walks Nearby: Dufton Pike
Cow Green Reservoir
South Tyne Trail
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