Tees Heritage Walk: Charity trek beside seven of the River Tees' bridges back for second year

The 2023 Tees Heritage Walk attracted walkers of all ages, groups, and individuals, and even a few canine participants
The 2023 Tees Heritage Walk attracted walkers of all ages, groups, and individuals, and even a few canine participants -Credit:Middlesbrough Council

Fancy walking along the banks of the River Tees and through our region's remarkable industrial history?

The Tees Heritage Walk is back again for a second year this Sunday, with the main walk covering 12.8 miles from Middlesbrough College to Stockton’s Millennium Bridge and back. Those who want to take on the full walk will be greeted with views of the seven Tees bridges - but those who want to take a shorter route will be welcome to.

The event - which is open to all - will have options ranging from one mile to just under 13 miles, with those taking part encouraged to raise funds for the charity of their choice. They'll also have the chance to learn more about the Tees, its heritage, and all the transformation and regeneration work being carried out.

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The shortest version of the walk will be the one-mile Dock Dawdle from the College and around Middlesbrough Dock, with alternative routes and diversions also available for wheelchair users. Rotary members have even planted trees along a one-and-a-half mile stretch of the route - and will be adding further trees this year.

Plenty of local causes are set to benefit from the walk, which is organised by Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary with backing from Thirteen and AV Dawson. It is also supported by Middlesbrough and Stockton Colleges, Middlesbrough and Stockton Councils, PD Ports, Groundwork North East & Cumbria as well as Middlesbrough Cleveland, Teesside West and Stokesley Rotary Clubs.

Councillor Philippa Storey, Middlesbrough Deputy Mayor and executive member for culture and education, said: “The River Tees is central to our identity, and a walk along its banks offers a remarkable journey through our history and heritage, and a vision of what the future holds.

“Those taking part in this year’s Tees Heritage Walk will learn how Teesside’s iron and steel-making industries made it a global powerhouse, while 21st century organisations and businesses are reshaping the area for a greener future. It’s also a great opportunity to take some exercise in the great outdoors and raise some cash for good causes into the bargain.”

The Tees Heritage Walk will start from Middlesbrough College between 9am and 11am. Registration will open at 8.30am. Entry is priced at £5 per adult or £10 or families with children under 16. Children under 16 must beaccompanied by an adult.

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