A wide village green and warm yorkshire stone faced cottages. This is Romaldkirk in Teesdale the start of our circular walk taking in part of the Teesdale way. We were to meet by the Rose and Crown Hotel.
We parked alongside the village green where two adjoining cottages were being restored. The DIYer told me they had been working on the project for a year. New roof, a damproofing course and an extension to the rear in which he and his wife were living while they connected the two cottages to make a detached dwelling.
He was originally from South Shields but came up from Somerset for their retirement where they had been living for the previous 11 years. The 2 metre strip in front of the garden wall is part of the village green which they are expected to maintain. Wow! All this info in 5minutes. I had to make excuses and start the walk down by the river Tees.
It had been very wet the previous week but we set off on a fair morning. By the river bank were some damp patches (read knee deep in mud) however we were not as wet as the two canoeists who were being swept along by a very fast and full river. We sat on the bank in a drier spot for our packed lunch serenaded by blackbirds and mistle thrushes and surrounded by snowdrops.
Cotherstone an equally attractive village was our turning point of the walk and we strode back along the line of the defunct Teesdale railway line. Wonderful views across the dale and great company, walking in February isnt all that bad. We rounded off our walk with tea at Egglestone Hall a glorious georgian manor. Well the tearoom was nearly as grand, converted stables built in the same style as the hall.
A new walker joined us and has since paid his subs and booked for the AGM.