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Grassholme Reservoir

High Force

Another view of the waterfall

The River Tees before the falls


Today we headed out North West from the campground. Our first stop was a quick walk along the shores of the Grassholme reservoir just to get some energy out of Miss Daisy.

It was a very hot day so taking it easy was just the ticket. We then made our way to High Force. So what is High Force? - a spectacular waterfall that is 71ft high which is big for England and is small compared to North American standards!. Just walking through the wooded glade in the cool shade of the trees to the waterfall was worth the effort.

High Force was formed where the River Tees crosses the Whin Sill – a hard layer of igneous rock. The waterfall has been developing over at least the last 11,500 years and with the water force wearing away the rock a gorge is being formed as the waterfall slowly moves upstream. Because of the hot day many people were enjoying sitting by the edge of the waterfall.

We then travelled once again across the moors to the small town of Alston which is a crossroads of many roads across the moors. Here we found a nice little tea room before heading back.

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