Cow Green Reservoir road is a narrow and short mountain road with a length of 4mi, located in Teesside, in the north east of England. The road was built between 1967 and 1971.
This minor asphalted road starts in the B6277 junction. Follow this road for approx. 2 miles until you reach a car par and toilet block. There it is time to get out of your car and do some walking! A private gated road leads from the south side of the car park 2 miles to the reservoir dam and Cauldron Snout, the road is undulating and rough in places, but it is an easy walk even with a back pack full of camera gear and a tripod.
The road includes some steep sections, without market central lines, is very narrow, scarcely wide enough for two cars to pass at the same time. Cow Green Reservoir was built for the Tees Valley and Cleveland Water Board mainly to supply water to the industries around the Tees Estuary and Darlington. The dam is about 1/4 mile long, took three years to build and holds back 40,000 million litres of water.
The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable. As the area is high up (500 m/1650 feet above sea level), the weather may change suddenly and can be chilly even on a fine day. The road offers superb views to Cross Fell, Great and Little Dun Fells, Meldon Hill and Mickle Fell amongst others and these North Pennine peaks set the scene for the walk.