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Moor House Upper Teesdale Nature Reserve

Moor House Upper Teesdale Nature Reserve

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Moor House is an upland National Nature Reserve on the backbone of England, around the headwaters of the River Tees and includes Great Dun Fell (848m), Little Dun Fell, and Knock Fell as well as the source of the River Tees. This was one of the first National Nature Reserves to be declared in England (1952) and has a long history of scientific research. The vegetation is a range of peat bogs, limestone grassland and summit heaths and is managed in a sustainable way to encourage the growth of plants. Upland birds such as curlew, golden plover and wheatear nest here in the spring and summer. There are interesting fossils of tree roots to be found especially on Knock Fell and old mine workings - both early bell pits and hushes, including the large Dun Fell hush. Extreme care must be taken near mine workings! The Pennine Way National Trail crosses the Reserve as it goes from Dufton to Alston.

Each season has its highlights - but late spring can be particularly wonderful with birds calling and flowers blooming - wild thyme scenting the air. The views on a clear day are magnificent across the Upper South Tyne valley to Alston Moor, across the Eden Valley and over to Cow Green Reservoir and Upper Teesdale. We also run a blog here http://moorhouse-upperteesdale.blogspot.co.uk/

A Reserve leaflet, including 3 walks can be downloaded via the eTour link above.

The Reserve staff organise an events programme each year, for details please contact the Reserve base on 01833 622374. For education or group visits please also contact the Reserve Base.

Education/study areaAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs accepted

If you intend to leave the tarmac 'radar road' and use the footpath network then please ensure you have an OS map (Outdoor Leisure 31 North Pennines) and compass, and are wearing appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk in the hills - the weather can change rapidly. In winter please be aware that the approach road may not be gritted. The radar road is private (and will not be gritted). A walk up the radar road from the Reserve entrance to the watershed will give good views and a snapshot of the Reserve. The road is very steep in places. From the watershed you can walk along the Pennine Way either to the South East, over Knock Fell or to the North West over Great and Little Dun Fell then out of the Reserve onto Cross Fell. A bridleway follows the Troutbeck down towards the River Tees. These are high level, remote routes so please ensure you are adequately prepared. The Reserve staff organise an events programme each year, for details please contact the Reserve base on 01833 622374. Geology leaflets/trails are available from North Pennines AONB partnership website: www.northpennines.org.uk

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Natural England

01833 622374

Address

Appleby,
Eden Valley

Location

Directions

Plan route to Moor House Upper Teesdale Nature Reserve using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 710322  Lat: 54.68401 Long: -2.45131

Easiest access is by car; take the minor road from Knock, near Appleby. Park considerately at the end of public road and continue to walk up the private road to Reserve (1.5km). Alternatively, take minor road SE out of Garrigill, nr Alston, to road end near Hill House Farm, park with consideration and walk along track past Tynehead to enter Reserve at Tees Bridge (4.5km along South Tyne Trail).

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

If you intend to leave the tarmac 'radar road' and use the footpath network then please ensure you have an OS map (Outdoor Leisure 31 North Pennines) and compass, and are wearing appropriate footwear and clothing for a walk in the hills - the weather can change rapidly. In winter please be aware that the approach road may not be gritted. The radar road is private (and will not be gritted). A walk up the radar road from the Reserve entrance to the watershed will give good views and a snapshot of the Reserve. The road is very steep in places. From the watershed you can walk along the Pennine Way either to the South East, over Knock Fell or to the North West over Great and Little Dun Fell then out of the Reserve onto Cross Fell. A bridleway follows the Troutbeck down towards the River Tees. These are high level, remote routes so please ensure you are adequately prepared. The Reserve staff organise an events programme each year, for details please contact the Reserve base on 01833 622374. Geology leaflets/trails are available from North Pennines AONB partnership website: www.northpennines.org.uk

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