Stanhope - the green and tranquil market town at the heart of the Durham Dales and hub for outdoor activities.
The town is a picturesque haven for visitors seeking rest and relaxation amidst beautiful surroundings. The peaceful waters of the River Wear provide an idyllic backdrop for those who enjoy being outdoor and active, with the ford at Stanhope a popular location where walkers can cross the river using massive stepping-stones. The Weardale Railway follows the path of the River Wear and passes through the spectacular scenery of Weardale.
Stanhope is home to the county’s only open-air heated pool, the Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool, where swimmers can enjoy the relaxing experience of a warm outdoor swim within sight of the surrounding countryside.
The 12th Century church of St Thomas is a reminder of the Dale’s Christian heritage. Medieval stained glass can be found in the west window but older still is the church’s Roman altar. The Victorian font is remarkable as it is made of polished Frosterley marble. Another fascinating relic is the famous fossil tree which is approximately 320 million years old.
The Durham Dales Centre hosts a variety of craft shops offering original and unique products made by Weardale’s talented craftspeople in a pleasant courtyard setting. The award-winning tea room serves delicious home-cooked food, and you will find a visitor information point too, for handy leaflets on the local area.
For more local visitor information on Weardale, take a look at www.discoverweardale.com. Please note that not all accommodation on this site is inspected or accredited.
- Market Town Map - Stanhope | PDF 545 Kb
- Map of Stanhope town centre featuring attractions, tourist information and places of interest.