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:
- Certificate of Excellence 2020
- Very Good84
- MarkofltcTrip Type:CouplesNice venueWednesday, 18th March 2020Stopped here for a walk with the dog and a look at low force. In the past we have stopped at high force and paid to park and then paid to walk to the falls and then got a fine of £60 for not paying... Read full review
- Charlotte JSalfords, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesBeautiful scenerySunday, 26th July 2020Visited here with my husband and two dogs to do the three waterfalls walk. The car park is big and, although busy on a sunny Saturday, it still wasn't a problem to park. The toilets onsite are... Read full review
- 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
- 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.