Centuries ago Viking invaders and settlers left their mark in the local dialect words of the Durham Dales. The Old Norse word “foss” referred to a waterfall and still it echoes down the ages in the modern word “force”. Close to Bowlees Visitor Centre a short walk leads to the local beauty spot of Summerhill Force and behind the veil of water is the dramatic overhanging rock known as Gibsons Cave.
Bowlees Visitor Centre currently closed but car park is open
Donate and display car parking.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2020
- Very Good85
- manc_emmManchester, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyHigh force and low forceFriday, 31st July 2020This is the visitor centre you should park at to do the high force and low force waterfalls walk. The lady behind the desk was helpful and informative, there was also a gallery, toilets, cafe and... Read full review
- Hannahberry92Trip Type:FamilyLovely walk with the familyThursday, 27th August 2020Great place to visit, I definitely recommend doing the short walk to SummerHill Force and Gibson's cave then onto Low force, so lovely! Parking is donate and display! Read full review
- GillianCrillWrotham, null, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesFriendly and accessibleSaturday, 5th September 2020Very friendly lady in ticket office who seemed very pleased we offered to pay for the car parking although we did not use the car park Great use of old cgurch Read full review
- On-Site café/restaurant
Parking & Transport
- Parking (free) - Donation requested.
- Dogs Accepted - also allowed downstairs in visitor centre - includes cafe
* Bowlees Visitor Centre currently closed but car park is open
Map & Directions
From Barnard Castle take B6277 north west through Middleton-in-Teesdale . Visitor Centre is on right just past Newbiggin.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest railway station is Darlington Station.