The Durham Dales, incorporating Teesdale and Weardale is a peaceful and tranquil landscape of moors and hills, valleys and meandering rivers, dotted with picturesque villages and market towns. Part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this special place is the perfect choice for your next holiday of exploration.
Take the pleasant woodland walk to spectacular High Force, one of England's most dramatic waterfalls - a must-see sight and perfect photo opportunity. Head for the historic market town of Barnard Castle in Teesdale, explore the castel itself or seek out The Bowes Museum - a magnificent French-style château which houses a superb collection of fine and decorative arts and a year-round calendar of events and exhibitions.
Spot the deer at nearby Raby Castle, built in the 14th Century and sits in 250 acre deer park with beautiful walled gardens. The green and tranquil town of Stanhope in Weardale is home to the Durham Dales Centre where you will find craft shops a plenty and an award-winning tea room.
Visit High House Chapel, the world’s oldest Methodist Chapel still in continuous weekly use, and the Weardale Museum – a small independent folk museum where visitors can discover what life was like in Weardale in the 19th Century.
Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum, is a multi-award-winning Victorian Museum and the most complete lead mining site in Great Britain. Experience the life and work of lead mining families, put on a hard hat and descend into the mine to take a tour underground. And don’t miss Hamsterley Forest - walks, cycle routes and horse riding trails galore, and a mountain-bikers dream, visitors can hire bikes in the forest and tackle a range of rides to suit all abilities.
When it’s time to refuel, you’ll find great places to eat along the way, from tempting treats in market town tearooms, to hearty countryside meals in traditional country pubs, it’s all on the menu in the Durham Dales. Plus, our two food trails will take your taste buds around the dales and North Pennines.