Teesdale Way

A walk along the course of the River Tees through the Durham Dales of the North Pennines.

5 nights
42 miles

From £400 per person

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About this route

The landscape of Teesdale is filled with heather-covered grouse moors, Whinstone ‘scars’ and spectacular waterfalls, giving way to traditional hay meadows bursting with wildflowers, ancient woodland and picturesque stone-built villages.

The Teesdale Way traces the course of the River Tees from its gathering grounds in the hills of the North Pennines to the pretty village of Gainford, where the river leaves the dale and meanders to the sea.

As well as the wonderful scenery on offer along the walk, there is also a selection of fascinating sites to discover, such as the ‘Cathedral of the Dales’ Romaldkirk Church, the Fairy Cupboard miniature caves and the romantic ruin of Egglestone Abbey.  

Teesdale Way map
Langdon Beck to Gainford
42 miles (67 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Following the banks of the River Tees through the Durham Dales with spectacular views of the Vale of York.

Admiring the dramatic views of High Cup Nick, Cauldron Snout, Low Force and High Force.

Catching a glimpse of the impressive Barnard Castle from the River Tees.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
TEESW From Langdon Beck to Gainford(T) 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£400

Teesdale Way 5 nights, 4 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Please note that due to a lack of accommodation in Gainford, you will be accommodated in Barnard Castle on your last night. Transfers will be provided to collect you from the end of the trail and take you to your accommodation.

For more information about Gainford and the transfers involved, please do not hesitate to contact our office.


Travel to Langdon Beck where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Langdon Beck to Langdon Beck. 9 miles (14.5km)

Day 2

Langdon Beck to Middleton-in-Teesdale. 9 miles (14.5km)

Day 3

Middleton-in-Teesdale to Barnard Castle. 13 miles (21km)

Day 4

Barnard Castle to Gainford(T). 10.5 miles (17km)


Depart from Gainford(T) after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£20.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 5 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

If you are looking to extend your holiday, consider an extra night in the small market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale. With its fine Victorian architecture and a range of interesting shops, this is a peaceful choice for a rest day. It is also a good base from which to explore Upper Teesdale and perhaps to spot the native Blue Gentian, a flower found nowhere else but Upper Teesdale and The Alps.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 41.5 miles (67 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 9 miles (14.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Code: TEESW Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Langdon Beck
End of holiday: Gainford(T)

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent with your full holiday pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Durham-Tees Valley and Newcastle.

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (Langdon Beck) are either Kirkby Stephen (about 25 miles away) or Darlington (about 32 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Gainford) is at Darlington (about 8.5 miles away).

By Bus - Unfortunately no bus services travel to Langdon Beck; therefore, a taxi may be required. Few bus services run from Gainford.

From London - Trains run from London Euston and London Kings Cross stations to Kirkby Stephen. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Langdon Beck.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the bus from Gainford to Barnard Castle. From there a taxi will be required to Langdon Beck.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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