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.
Donate and display car parking.
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- Travelers Choice 2022
- Very Good88
- sarah sTrip Type:CouplesLovelyWednesday, 4th May 2022We spent a few hours here walking ans to the waterfall . Wroth the walking to the water fall . The coffee shop. Was amazing was quite when we went we had a lovely fruit scone freshly baked and a... Read full review
- chriswT2300RETrip Type:CouplesGreatThursday, 12th May 2022The best cheese scones, highly recommended they are amazing. Friendly happy staff, thank you! I would definitely come again. Read full review
- Maurice PManchester, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesA little gemFriday, 17th June 2022A little gem of a place. Wonderful staff, broad range of gifts, lovely menu and absolutely full of information. A pleasure to visit and the fruit scones were superb and accompanied a hot latte and a... 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 2022)|
* 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.