Cow Green Reservior, Cauldron Snout and Falcon Clints, Teesdale, Durham UK

Take the road from Langdale Beck to Cow Green where a car park is provided. The path/road leads alongside Cow Green Reservoir to the Dam and on to Cauldron Snout. Return by the same route.

Great care is needed when scambling over the rocks alongside Cauldron Snout. On the other side of the river, there are spectacular views of Maize Beck joining the River Tees which the flows below Falcon Clints and on past Cronkley Scar. A steep grassy slope leads down to the river where good views of the final cascade of Cauldron Snout can be obtained.




Cow Green Reservior Dam, River Tees exiting from a pipe, Teesdale, Durham UK

From its boggy origins on Cross Fell the River Tees flows five miles east to a point near Viewing Hill (2099 feet). Here it is soon engulfed by the two mile long Cow Green reservoir, which was built between 1967 and 1971 to supply the industries of Teesside.




Cow Green Reservior Dam, River Tees, Teesdale, Durham UK





Cauldron Snout, River Tees, Teesdale, Durham UK

At the eastern end of Cow Green Reservoir, beyond the dam, the Tees rushes in a series of cataracts over a 200 yard long rocky `stairway' called Cauldron Snout. The height difference from the first cataract to the last is 200 feet, making this wonderfully named waterfall the highest and longest in England.




Cauldron Snout, River Tees, Teesdale, Durham UK





Cauldron Snout, River Tees, Teesdale, Durham UK





River Tees by Falcon Clints, Teesdale, Durham UK

From Cauldron Snout the Tees merges with Maize Beck and meanders around the huge Whin Sill cliffs of Falcon Clints. It is joined by Merrygill Beck before passing Cronkley Scar, then by the Harwood and Blea Becks as it makes its way towards High Force.