Attractions in County Durham
|Holwick Scar, Teesdale
(© Graeme Peacock)
For your holidays or vacations this is 'The
Great Outdoors' where you can discover the beauty and wildlife
of the Teesdale
countryside by walking along miles of public footpaths, cycling
along quiet country lanes or forest tracks or pony trekking
through forest and over heather moors.
Teesdale is ideal for fishing on the River Tees and on
peaceful reservoirs. There are also opportunities for sailing
and canoeing. There is a wide range of activities organised
at local outdoor adventure centres.
Teesdale, with its wooded valleys and characteristic white-washed
farm buildings has long inspired artists, including J.S. Cotman
and J.M.W. Turner and supports some of Britain's rarest plants.
This includes the protected Spring
Gentian, a very rare flower - you can see it flowering
in Upper Teesdale.
|High Force Waterfall,
(© Graeme Peacock)
You will also find
High Force in Upper Teesdale where the River Tees
thunders 70ft over the largest waterfall in England.
High Force can be reached from Middleton in Teesdale,
which has the style and dignity of a small town and is proud
of its reputation as capital of Upper Teesdale. From the late
18th century, this was the centre of the district's lead
mining industry. Nearby, a 10 minute walk along a tree
lined footpath leads to the 70ft high waterfall of High Force.
|Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
(© Graeme peacock)
Take a visit to historic Barnard
Castle, full of character with its cobbled Market Place,
attractive shops and associations with Charles Dickens. Here you
will find the Josephine
and John Bowes Museum, a fabulous French style treasure
house of European paintings and decorative arts. The town is named
after its 12th Century castle, now a craggy ruin. In contrast, nearby
still stands as one of England's finest medieval castles.
Lying between the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland
National Park, the Durham
Dales are also very close by and are part of the
North Pennines, one of England's largest official Areas
of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Dales, which make up over a third of the County, offer some
of the country's finest scenery - a blend of rugged upland, impressive
waterfalls, gentle river valleys, wildflower meadows and drystone
walls. This is the home of Hannah
Hauxwell whose isolated life on a dalehead farm was documented on television
and earned her celebrity status.
|Killhope Lead Mining Centre
(© Graeme Peacock)
Weardale was once the hunting ground of Durham's
Prince Bishops. Today, quiet moorland roads open up panoramic
Pennine views. In the 19th Century, the lonely hills buzzed
with activity, for the North Pennines was at the very heart of the
world's lead mining industry. Today that industry has long
since disappeared but Killhope
Lead Mining Centre, with its giant working waterwheel and
underground visitor mine, enables visitors to experience something
of the life and work of the Victorian lead miner.
WALKING AND CYCLING
near Grassholme Reservoir
The well known
Pennine Way and new Teesdale Way long distance footpaths
pass through the area and there are many waymarked routes for shorter
walks, suitable for people of all ages. There are organised tours,
trails and rambles to help you get the most out of your visit if you
don't want to go it alone.
Forest covers 2000 hectares on the edge of Teesdale and Weardale
and provides many opportunities for outdoor activities with forest
walks, nature trails, orienteering courses and mountain
bike routes. There are many picnic sites and also a visitor
centre and shop. A wide range of events are organised
through the year.
|The North Pennines
(© Northumbria Tourist Board)
Bowlees, located in Upper Teesdale, 3 miles beyond Middleton-in-Teesdale
is an ideal spot for family picnics and short walks to the
waterfalls at Gibsons Cave and Low Force. There
is also a Visitor Centre run by the Durham Wildlife
Trust which explains the landscape, farming and wildlife
of the area. There are craft demonstrations in summer.
Reservoir is operated by Northumbrian Water. Rainbow trout
(stocked), brown trout (wild). Tickets (self-service) from Visitor
Centre. Special facilities for disabled anglers. Enquiries: 0191383
What fishermen have to say about Grassholme Reservoir:-
"The big water in the Teesdale three is Grassholme Reservior,
Lying in Lundale amidst typical scenery of the Pennine
Dales, and at one hundred and forty acres it can take some covering.
Traditional patterns and lures both take fish at this water during
the summer months, mornings and evenings tend to fish better. Knowing
where the best spots are is an advantage. Most local anglers will
fish the shallow outlets and the areas near to the dam wall, as
these consistently produce the best returns. With Grassholme costing
the same as Hury, the only choice you have to make is the
surrounding you would like to fish in, as both waters are value
for money. There is a Visitor Centre at Grassholme, where
you can pick up information on all the Teesdale waters. You will
find the local anglers friendly and helpful, and always willing
to give you advice. If you have never fished in Teesdale before
it's well worth a visit; three good waters to choose from, all offering
exceptional sport for the game angler, all at a reasonable price,
I would recommend it to anyone".
- Paul Kane is a game angler & writer based in Teesdale,
County Durham, you can email Paul at email@example.com for more information on fishing in the Teesdale area.
RIVER TEES, Middleton in Teesdale Approximately 8
miles of the north (left) bank from Cauldron Snout downstream
to Middleton in Teesdale. Brown trout. Day tickets available. Contact:
Raby Estates Office, Market Place, Middleton in Teesdale, County
Durham DLl2 0QH. Tel: 01833 640209, or The High Force Hotel, Forest
in Teesdale, County Durham DL12 0XH. Tel: 01833 622222 or 622264,
or Raine & Son, 25 Market Place, Middleton in Teesdale, County Durham
DLl2 0QA. Tel: 01833 640406.
RIVER TEES, Middleton in Teesdale Approximately
7 miles of the river banks from Cronkley Bridge downstream
through Middleton in Teesdale to Lune Confluence. Brown trout.
Day tickets available. Canoeing permits also available
- £3 per person per day. Contact: J. Raine & Son, 25 Market
Place Middleton in Teesdale, County Durham DLl2 0QA Tel: 01833
640406, or R T Oliver, 40 Horse Market, Barnard Castle, County
Durham DL12 8NA. Tel: 01833 631118.
RIVER TEES, Barnard Castle south bank downstream
from stone bridge to Thorngate footbridge. Free fishing - rod licence
only required. (NB Taking of salmon prohibited).
RIVER TEES, Barnard Castle Thorngate Mill stretch (north
bank). For day tickets contact: R T Oliver, 40 Horse Market,
Barnard Castle, County Durham DLI2 8NA. Tel:01833 631118.
Dingy and Windsurfing Grassholme Reservoir, Lunedale.
Teesdale Sailing Club Ltd. Visitors welcome all day Sunday
and occasionally Saturday. (Most classes of dinghy and sailboarding
accepted, but no power boats). Boats for hire. Further details from
Richard Hewitt, Tel: 0191 3867109, or Barbara Gauld, Tel: 01325 260289.
River Tees downstream from High Force. Permits for
this section of the river are available on behalf of the Raby
Estate £3 per person, per day. Contact: J Raine & Son, 25 Market
Place, Middleton in Teesdale, County Durham DL12 0QA. Tel: 01833
640406, or The High Force Hotel, Forest in Teesdale, County Durham
DL12 0XH Tel: 01833 622222.
Teesdale Canoe Club For further details contact Mr. A.
Hearn, Kingsway Adventure Centre, Alston Road, Middleton in Teesdale,
County Durham DL12 0UU. Tel: 01833 640881.