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From August 2016 to July 2017 ZHRO members Rashiwe Bayisayi and John Burke set about finding a practical walking route from Brighton to London. Some 100 miles of walking later; By utilising the old railway route, now called the Downs Link, that took us all the way to Guildford. From Guildford the River routes allowed us to get to Kempton Park and latterly Hampton Court. We have now completed 5 such walks 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 [these last two during "Lockdown"!]. We are now preparing for 2022 on 13-14th August [Full Moon (again) to aid the night section] and see preparation articles due soon and our Facebook Page too

WhatsApp Image 2023 05 13 at 17.28.22As a prelude to the 5-6th August {preferred dates due to full moon for night section} Walk for Freedom - Brighton to Hampton Court, we have organised a 8 and 14 mile trek in the Tees Valley within the Yorkshire Dales to view "High Force" Waterfalls. Mostly to help those walking ZHRO members in the North, - Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.

Due to the geography and car parking we are also able to help those simply wishing to look at the scenery as well who will be able to walk a much shorter distance to Low Force. We have a link to the MAP software by Ordnance Survey to assist those who can navigate with the APP. ROUTE MAP WEB LINK

Meeting at Newbiggin on the B6277 West of Middleton-in-Teesdale, Yorkshire Dales? Route map of the full walk {in link above}. Limited Walk for those less hardy will be Newbiggin, over the river bridge and up towards Low Force, or as far as they can. ll the others can select the 14 mile full experience or truncate at the Newbiggin river crossing to have covered 8 wonderful miles. They can relate their experience to those Zimbabweans dwelling nearer our car Parking spot.

Map of walk: Meet in Newbiggin {Centre of Map/Walk Route}

High Force is one of England's most impressive waterfalls. The Tees River has been flowing through this gorge for thousands of years, but the rocks it reveals are much older. High Force is surrounded by the beautiful Upper Teesdale countryside and is located in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Various animal and plant life can be seen at High Force throughout the seasons, from a plethora of wildflowers, ferns, and towering trees to roe deer and rabbits. The trails can fill up quickly on a busy day, so get there early to enjoy the adventure.

HighForceMiddleton-in-Teesdale  & Newbiggin

Once a small agricultural town in upper Teesdale, Middleton was transformed in 1815 by the arrival of the London Lead Mining Company which established its northern headquarters here and constructed workers' houses, offices, a school and chapel. Its prosperity came from the exploitation of the rich lead veins in the surrounding hills and valleys. Many of Middleton's buildings date from this era.

Part of the River Tees in beautiful Upper Teesdale. Low Force tumbles over the Whin Sill, a layer of hard dolerite rock (known locally as whinstone). The Whin Sill formed 295 million years ago from molten rock, which cooled and solidified underground.

Today, after millions of years of erosion it is exposed as rocky landscape features at Low Force, High Force and other places in Upper Teesdale. 
The Pennine Way footpath route runs alongside the River at Low Force. Low Force is also easily accessible from Bowlees Visitor Centre.