River Balder facts for kids
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The Balder Railway Viaduct over the River Balder
|Main source||Stainmore Common
480 m (1,570 ft)
|River mouth||River Tees|
|Length||21 km (13 mi)|
The River Balder is in County Durham. The head of the valley is a bleak moorland, with hills around it exceeding 500 m (1640 ft).
The scenery becomes gentler as it descends past Baldersdale Youth Hostel. The distinctive flat peak of Goldsborough to the south is passed before the valley begins to open out as the river enters Blackton Reservoir at around 280 m (920 ft).
The course of the valley carries on at a virtually exactly east direction as the River Balder enters Hury Reservoir at about 260 m (850 ft), passing the village of Hury which lies to the north.
The river now begins to twist and turn and is crossed by the Balder Railway Viaduct, which was used by the Barnard Castle to Middleton-in-Teesdale railway line before it was closed.
It finally joins the River Tees at Cotherstone, at a height of about 160 m (520 ft).
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