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.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good89
- buddinggardenerYork, United KingdomExcellent friendly visitor centreThursday, 14th September 2023We received a very warm welcome at the visitors centre who could not have been more helpful as I have mobility issues. The young man on the desk was very friendly and helpful with his advice on the... Read full review
- Cheekycockney190757Basildon, United KingdomA useful resource for any visitorSaturday, 13th January 2024Visited Bowlees in the North Pennines on Monday 22nd May 2023. Came here to visit Low Force and the Summerhill Waterfall/Gibson Cave complex, and parked in an area near Summerhill Waterfall from... Read full review
- WynndererUnited KingdomLovely spotSunday, 25th February 2024Very nice visitor centre with loos, WiFi, nice gifts and good tea/coffee/snacks and donation carpark nearby. Pleasant staff, very good place for long or short walks and right by Low Force waterfalls... Read full review
- On-Site café/restaurant
Parking & Transport
- Parking (free) - Donation requested.
- Dogs Accepted - also allowed downstairs in visitor centre - includes cafe
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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.