WE hope you're enjoying the rural walks featured each week in Country Life.

This week, our walks writer Mark Reid takes us to Cotherstone, a beautiful Teesdale village in the Pennine Hills.

The name Cotherstone is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was recorded as Codrestone. It reflects the name of the original Anglo-Saxon settler, Cudere or Cuthred, and “tun”, the Anglo-Saxon word for a small farm or village.

The first settlement is thought to have been established in the 9th century, with the site probably chosen for its convenient location between arable land and moorland pasture whilst being at the junction of the rivers Balder and Tees.

As always, be prepared and make sure you're equipped with a water-proof jacket and stout shoes.

Mark takes has written 17 successful walking guidebooks, including the acclaimed ‘Inn Way’ and ‘Walking Weekends’ series covering all of the national parks of Northern England.

He is also a Mountain Leader and Outdoor Instructor and offers map reading courses, navigation skills weekends, guided walks and outdoor adventures in the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and beyond.

Find out more about Mark Reid's walks here