A Force on High teases us in Teesdale with sun, sun, sun!
by SusieThePensioner » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:15 pm
Date walked: 06/07/2013
Time taken: 2
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There is an excellent gravel path that is sloping to start off but, does have well placed benches situated along the walk as well as several interpretation boards.
Having read the comment that wheelchair users may need assistance from a "strong and able pusher" I decided to use my sticks instead The path seemed to slope down for quite a distance and the gravel, at times, wasn't the easiest to walk on as my sticks kept skidding Anyway, I was very pleased to see all the benches and made a note as to where they were for the return route.
The first part of the woodland walk went past a number of tree stumps that were as a result of a storm in 1992 but, it did mean you had views of the countryside the other side of the river. We've walked many times from Low Force, along by the River Tees, and above High Force onto the moorland beyond on a circular route so it was nice to be reminded of this
The path dropped down into the wood and it was beautiful with the dappled light of the sun shining through the trees. We walked over a bridge that had a stream running under it and then started climbing gently up.
Even though we were shaded by the trees, my hands kept slipping on the handles of the sticks as I was quite hot from the effort and was beginning to wonder how much further we had to go. Still, I kept telling myself it was good aerobic excercise and tried not to be tempted to sit down quite yet
By now we could see the river below us and hear the distant roar of the waterfall.
However, there were still more ups and downs to the path before reaching our goal.
Eventually, at last, the waterfall was in front of us Pity about the big flight of steps that took you down to the rocks and water Nevertheless, I hadn't walked all that distance not to be able to get the photos I wanted of High Force and so, down those steps I went. I have short legs and those steps weren't designed with people like me in mind but, my daughters don't call me stubborn for nothing
Some people also think I'm pretty impatient as well But, I was determined and I patiently took my time getting to the bottom of the steps I took lots of photos on different settings and have included some.
The waterfall itself consists of three different types of rock. The upper band is made up of whinstone, or dolerite, a hard igneous rock which the waterfall takes a lot of time to erode. The lower section is made up of Carboniferous Limestone, a softer rock which is more easily worn away by the waterfall. Between these two layers is a thinner layer of Carboniferous sandstone, which was baked hard when the Whin Sill was molten 295 million years ago. The wearing away of rock means that the waterfall is slowly moving upstream, leaving a narrow, deep gorge in front of it. The length of the gorge is currently about 700 metres.
After climbing back up the steps I felt knackered and it seemed a really long distance to walk for the first of many benches that I sat on It was even hotter and, when we eventually reached the car park, it was straight into the shop for an ice cream The temperature by then was 25deg but thank goodness for the breeze!
by Ibex » Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:33 pm
Some fantastic photos too. The waterfall ones are stunning!
I can't imagine having the hills taken away from me, so i'm very pleased for you that you have managed to get out and walk a bit again.
If anything, it must allow you to get different perspectives on your subject matter for your photos.
I hope you really enjoyed being out there and had a great day!
by mrssanta » Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:30 am
by MarilynMunro » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:35 am
Brilliant set of photos,keep 'em coming .
Hope the walk didn't take to much out of you, but I think its awful that they charge "old folks" an additional £1 to go for a walk
Pretty sure the reward would have been more than a ice cream.
Lovely photos especially the sunlight through the trees
Sounds like quite an effort, I'm sure many folk would have given up but not our Susie, one determined lady
Yes, I also think your reward should have been more than an ice cream
by jonny616 » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:03 am
by johnkaysleftleg » Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:15 am
by SusieThePensioner » Sun Jul 07, 2013 2:08 pm
Thank you Anthony It did seem longer than I thought and getting back up the steps was a big effortjohnkaysleftleg wrote:Lovely pics of a special place Susie, particularly like the first High Force shot. Great to see you battle away to get down there, can't have been easy.
Thanks Jonnyjonny616 wrote:Great to see you are out and about. Love the pics.
morag1 wrote:Always good to come online and see a report from you Susie, only problem is there's not enough of them!! Lovely photos especially the sunlight through the trees
Thank you Morag As well as the ice cream, the reward was achievement at getting to my goal and, a beautiful day with fantastic views of the North Pennines
MarilynMunro wrote:Impatient, determined, persistent..............rewarded
Thanks JimMarilynMunro wrote:Brilliant set of photos
They charge "younger people" £1.50MarilynMunro wrote:I think its awful that they charge "old folks" an additional £1 to go for a walk
I'm suffering a bit today but, it's also very humid and that plays havoc with the arthritis as well
mrssanta wrote:Good on you, Susie. It's a brilliant place
Thank you mrs s
Ibex wrote:Some fantastic photos too. The waterfall ones are stunning!
Thanks Tom. I was relieved to get down the steps so I could get some decent shots and it was a really beautiful day
by gammy leg walker » Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:41 pm
by SusieThePensioner » Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:27 pm
Thank you Williegammy leg walker wrote:Super Susan once again,really glad you are still able to see views like this and also to share.
by colgregg » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:56 pm
by L-Hiking » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:08 am
by SusieThePensioner » Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:16 pm
Thanks, Colincolgregg wrote:Nice one Susie. High Force is always a favourite
L-Hiking wrote:Well done Susie, absolutely a great effort, you are an inspiration to all of us
Thank you, Geoff I suffered on Sunday; seemed to have pulled my right shoulder, probably trying to get back up all the steps
by DaveB1 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:57 pm
by SusieThePensioner » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:59 pm
Thanks Dave Are you sitting with your feet up now?DaveB1 wrote:Great pics Susie you had the weather too! Perseverance is always rewarded eventually Dave
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