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Explore the countryside with three autumn walks

03 October 2019

Head out from the Rose & Crown on foot to take in some stunning autumn scenery....

As the leaves of the North Pennines 5,000 hectares of woodland change colour and the cooling air brings with it a subtle calm, autumn offers the perfect time to visit us and explore the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Rose & Crown is ideally located to discover the path less travelled, with an abundance of walks available directly out of the stone-flagged doorstep, created and mapped out by our owner Cheryl Robinson, with her two dogs, Mabel and Perdy. Pick up a detailed guide from reception and set out on a tried and tested route.

Fell Lane & Hunderthwaite, 3 miles, easy
For beginners, a gentle amble along Fell Lane slowly rises, cresting with panoramic views to the east, north and south framed by the historic dry-stone walls that border country lanes here. The road continues through the tiny village of Hunderthwaite, before circling back round to Romaldkirk.

Mickleton via 'The Donkey Track' 7.5 miles, medium
Those looking to push themselves can head towards Mickleton on 'The Donkey Track', taking in breathtaking views of Cotherstone Moor and Monk's Moor on a clear day. Grassholme reservoir is seen on the descent before walkers pass through stone stiles and a shaded copse, alongside quaint cottages and a farmhouse. Finish the walk by passing the Lune Railway Viaduct, a Grade II Listed structure dating back to 1868, and following the train line back to Romaldkirk.

Old railway line to Cotherstone, 6 miles, hard
Expert ramblers will enjoy the three-hour hike along the old railway line south of Romaldkirk, traversing through woodland and past the nine-arch Balder Viaduct, continuing over ladder styles and under railway bridges. Meander down a number of narrow footpaths along the river before heading into the fields to surmount hills and muddy riverbanks - walking boots are advised! End by passing through farmland, before arriving at Romaldkirk village green, just seconds from The Rose & Crown.

A hearty dinner in the Oak Panelled Room with a flavour-driven menu from head chef Dave Hunter is ideal for refuelling after a tiresome day. Locally sourced Teesdale lamb and rosemary sausage is accompanied with herb potato cake and onion gravy, or roast fillet of beef from traditional butcher Joe Simpson is paired with vegetables and a Diane sauce. If you return in the afternoon, sample the quintessential tea with homemade scones and preserves.

Book an autumn escape break from £95 per person per night (two sharing), including accommodation in a superior room, homemade cream tea on one afternoon, three-course dinner each evening, and full English breakfast. Optional third night free with the purchase of breakfast and dinner for third day.