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Edmundbyers, Pedam's Oak, Belmount, Horseshoe Hill, Edmondbyers Cross base,
Muggleswick Common, Co Durham.
[21.9 km] Wed 12 Aug 2015

OS Grid Ref: NZ 01340 49744
Lat/Long: 54.842509, -01.980657

I drove via Barnard Castle and Stanhope over the picturesque moors to Edmundbyers where I parked by the village name sign.
My walk started along a stony track which was soon a very wet track. Further on I had to follow a path through deep and very sharp gorse. I was glad to emerge along a clear track to Swandale Cottage.

Swandale Cottage.

I joined a good stoned track which headed out into the distance. I could see a vehicle ahead towing a trailer which seemed to be loaded with timber, presumably fence posts. I passed a small deserted building called Swandale Cottage then a more substantial ruined farm called College.

College

I was then on a more level farm track for about a mile to another deserted farm called Pedamís Oak. It had been empty for many years but most of the roof was still intact with a very dilapidated interior. A large timber porch protected the front door and this must have been a very substantial farm in its day.

Pedamís Oak

Pedamís Oak

Pedamís Oak interior

I continued along the track towards the ruin of Belmount Farm that I visited on my walk last week. I could see the truck and trailer that Iíd seen earlier parked on the west side of the buildings. As I approached I could see that what I had thought were wooden fence posts were beehives. Two men in protective suits had set the hives up and suggested I didnít get too close without protection as the bees were flying around and rather annoyed at having been transported there.

Belmount

Beehives at Belmount

Beehives at Belmount

They said theyíd brought the bees here for the heather which would produce a high quality honey for about 6 weeks. As suggested I didnít get too close. I continued along the farm track to the road at Near Sandyford then turned south and walked along the road. It was pleasant walking as there was little traffic. Up ahead I could see a radio mast on the summit of Horseshoe Hill.

Horseshoe Hill mast

I was paying too much attention to the route I would take to walk to the summit and not enough attention to my next objective which was Dead Friarís Stone. By the time Iíd realised I should have looked for the stone Iíd walked over a kilometre past its location. It was too far to walk back so I continued and decided to search it out on my drive home.

Horseshoe Hill trig post

Dead Friarís Stone

Boundary post

The map shows a path running diagonally up Horseshoe Hill and there is ever a wooden path marker by the road. Unfortunately the path that may have been there at one time has long since grown over and there is no sign now. I continued along the road and took the best route I could find up to the mast access road. To the east of the mast I visited the Ordnance Survey trig post then returned to the mast access road and back to the road.

I continued along the road to the sharp left turn to the road heading back to Edmundbyers. I saw a stone boundary post on the left then continued to find Edmondbyerís Cross remains. This is the spelling on the map but it can also be spelt Edmundbyerís. Iíd found its co-ordinates and used them to try and find it. The co-ordinates were wrong and I found the cross base about 50m to the west.

Edmondbyerís Cross base

It is large and impressive. I continued north along the road then turned off to the right to follow a minor track across Muggleswick Common to the trig post on Stoterly Hill. There were impressive views all around. I followed the path to Lamb Shield Farm where I descended by the farmís access track to the road at East Cot House. It was then a short walk back to Burnhope Bridge and my car.

Stoterly Hill trig post