Park at Langdon Beck Hotel (DL12 0XP)
9 mile circular walk
From Langdon Beck Hotel (853312) walk down B6277 towards Middleton-in-Teesdale. In ¾ mile pass Langdon Beck Youth Hostel and turn right (860304) down track past New House to cross cattle grid. Right to Saur Hill Bridge (855302). Don’t cross, but bear left (Pennine Way/PW High Force fingerpost) along bank of beck for ¾ mile to cross River Tees (862293).
Left along farm track (‘PW’) through Cronkley Farm yard. Follow yellow arrows/National Trail acorn waymarks south, through gates and up to saddle between crags, following wall and flagged PW path into Open Access land. Pass stone marked ‘PW’ and ‘GT’ (Green Trod); PW bears left here, but you keep ahead through kissing gate to cross Fell Dike Sike beck and turn right along Green Trod path (861281).
Follow broad green track of GT up breast of Cronkley Fell and over top. Keep largest fenced enclosure (Thistle Green) on your right (844284); then follow cairns, keeping last enclosure (White Well Green) on your left (840283). Descend to River Tees (828282); bear right along river bank for 2½ miles to pass High House barn (857294). Follow 2 yellow arrows through gate; aim across wide pasture towards big wood-walled shed; then look for bridge to left of it, and aim for that (862293). Re-cross Tees; left along far bank, retracing steps to Langdon Beck.
OS 1:50,000 Landranger 91 or 92, 1:25,000 Explorer OL31