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
- 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
- Dr_WaughNewcastle upon Tyne, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyLow force visitThursday, 31st December 2020After visiting the Lake District a few months ago and visiting lots of waterfalls we found out that we were living close to the highest (high force) and longest (cauldron about) waterfalls in... Read full review
- FrankyBennetDarlington, United KingdomStopped for lunch, averageTuesday, 23rd February 2021I just felt it was nothing special for such a beautiful building and location, expected more. Plus the toiled was really dirty.. Read full review
- On-Site café/restaurant
Parking & Transport
- Parking (free) - Donation requested.
- Dogs Accepted - also allowed downstairs in visitor centre - includes cafe
|Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|
* 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.