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.
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 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 the Tourist Information Centre is worth visiting for the latest local information.
Whilst in Stanhope, hop aboard the Weardale Railway. The railway was originally built in 1847 by the Stockton and Darlington Railway to transport limestone, but now transports visitors on scenic trips along the line to Wolsingham.
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.