An easy walk from the Bowlees Car Park / Visitor Centre up to Bales Hush and the art installation called Hush.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park at the Bowlees car park or if busy on the road leading up to the car park. If doing the latter remember not to double park. Please note dogs are not allowed at the art installation, you will be turned back if you arrive at (6) with dogs.
(D) Walk from the car park to the visitor centre, crossing the bridge. Just before the centre, there is a gate on the right leading into the woods. The path to the installation is marked with yellow pennants at every gate and stile.
(1) Go through the gate and follow the track up through the wood to a stile.
(2) Climb the stile into a field and cross this with the woodland on your right to another stile.
(3) Cross the second stile. Ahead on your right, there is the valley of Hell Cleugh. Cross the field and descend into the left branch of the Cleugh with the Wester Beck at the bottom. Ahead and on the hillside, you will see the Hush art installation.
(4) Cross the Wester Beck on stepping stones and go through a gate. Walk up over the filed to Broadley's Gate Farm.
(5) Go through the gate, (take care it has seen better days) and walk past the farm buildings to take the farm track. Note there may be cows in this pasture with calves and a bull. Uncontrolled dogs will not be appreciated by the farmer.
(6) Where the farm track meets the road, cross and go through the gate. There will be a volunteer warden who will turn you back if you have a dog with you. Walk with the beck on your left to the base of the hush and then ascend.
(7) Walk up under the installation and return from the down the left-hand side to see it from a different viewpoint. Once you have viewed the art installation, return the way you came.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 912ft - Bowlees car park - Bowlees car park
1 : mi 0.19 - alt. 935ft - Gate
2 : mi 0.89 - alt. 1165ft - Stile
3 : mi 0.97 - alt. 1158ft - Stile
4 : mi 1.13 - alt. 1171ft - Gate
5 : mi 1.38 - alt. 1296ft - Old gate
6 : mi 1.69 - alt. 1286ft - Junction with the road
7 : mi 1.95 - alt. 1401ft
D/A : mi 4.33 - alt. 915ft - Bowlees car park - Bowlees car park
Information about the installation can be found here http://www.northpennines.org.uk/hush/
It is only here until 4th August 2019, see it while you can. Please remember no dogs at the installation.
Generally easy walking but it can be muddy in the woods after rain and the base of the hush is rocky in places. I would recommend light walking boots, approach shoes or at the very least training shoes with a good sole.
Take a waterproof and or windproof depending on the weather.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
There are some good views on the way there and back : the North Pennines is rightly an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Hush is the name given to the artwork and also the gully. A 'hush' was created by lead miners when they had discovered a seam of ore in the rock. They would dam up a stream and release the water. The noise of it stripping the topsoil and loose rock away was a great 'hush' and the name has stuck. As you walk up it remembers this is not a natural geological formation it is part of man's influence on the landscape. Middleton in Teesdale is a lead mining town and if you want to find out more about lead mining in the North Pennines visit Killhope Lead Mining Centre in Weardale.
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