Middleton Plus Development Trust, thanks to funding from Northern Heartlands, is producing three walking guides and an exhibition describing walks in Upper Teesdale. The project is called “A Walk Through Time”. Three guides will cover Middleton-in-Teesdale, Bowlees and Holwick and the Teesdale Railway Walk. They will be made available via a dedicated website and mobile devices as well as in printed form. The project culminates in the exhibition which will display the research and background information used to design the walking guides.
The walks are designed to encourage visitors and local residents to enjoy and understand the heritage, environment and culture while walking in beautiful Upper Teesdale.The project is shared its initial research as part of Heritage Open Days and the Teesdale Heritage Group’s exhibition remembering the opening of the Teesdale Railway line 150 years ago. For Heritage Open Days 2018 we have created a Town Trail which looks at the way the buildings and shops in Middleton-in-Teesdale have changed since the coming of the railway and in recent times. The Town Trail involved local businesses and shows the history of many of their buildings. We are grateful to the Heritage Group for the use of their photographic collection.
This initial trail forms the basis of one of our three walking guides which takes in the village and its unique heritage including the Hudeshope valley and the Beck Road. The walks described in the guides will appeal to visitors and local residents alike.
The website will include easy to download descriptions and maps of the walks. Printed versions will be available from the Tourist Information Centre in Middleton and other outlets in the Dale. The exhibition is planned for Easter 2019 starting in Holwick then visiting other locations in the Dale. To accompany the exhibition, knowledgeable local volunteers will guide people on the walks as part of these events.
During the project’s development we will maintain a blog on our website and facebook as well as regular updates about the information being used to produced the guides. The dedicated guide website (walkmiddleton.info) will go live in early October. Information will also be shared on the Tourist Information Centre’s Facebook page (Tic Middleton) and our embryonicTwitter feed (@TicMiddleton).