The Tunstall Reservoir walk takes us up onto the Wolsingham Moors. The route roughly follows the Waskerley Beck, upon which the reservoir is situated.
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This walk starts in the lovely little village of Wolsingham. Wolsingham and Tunstall Reservoir are in the upper reaches of Weardale. The Waskerley Beck, which feeds Tunstall Reservoir, flows into the River Wear at Wolsingham.
From the Demesne Mill Car Park we follow the Waskerley Beck. Here it is a small trickle of water. Hard to believe that this small beck is what is used to fill the reservoir. However, Tunstall Reservoir is the second reservoir on the Waskerley Beck. The other being Waskerley Reservoir, further up the valley.
We follow the beck upstream, before taking a track up to Fawnlees. Once through Park Wall plantation, we will take a zigzag path through farmland. The view up there is incredible, with our destination, Tunstall Reservoir, in the distance.
In short time we reach the dam wall, where we can stop to admire the view. This reservoir is a popular fishing spot, so you’ll see plenty of boats on the lake.
The next stage of the walk follows a path round the reservoir itself. There is a constant view of the water right up the West side of the lake. At the top of the lake we will stop for lunch. There are benches here where we can sit, admire the view and have lunch.
Backstone Bank Wood
The East side of the lake is wooded and is a nature reserve. In Backstone Bank Wood, wild plants and birds flourish. So, it is nice to take time to appreciate the beauty here before the last leg back to the starting point.
After the Wood, the path crosses fields before descending back down to the Waskerley Beck and back to Wolsingham.
Hope to see you there.
Julie and Martin x
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