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 Good86
- LesleyAnn_00NewcastleTrip Type:Friends getawayGreat locationSaturday, 5th June 2021Visited the waterfalls. Lovely walk. Great picnic spots. Car park is donation. Called in at the gift shop and cafe. Coffee and cake very nice. Bought a couple of things from the gift shop. Lady was... Read full review
- NotColin304Warwickshire, United KingdomPark here for High Force and Low ForceSunday, 18th July 2021Ideal parking for the walk up from Low Force to High Force. But the centre is worth visiting in its own right. Learned a few interesting things about the area beforehand an followed up with Ice Cream... Read full review
- hogdog1701Don’t even try to visit if you are in a wheelchairMonday, 26th July 2021Parked in the donation car park. No access to visitors centre via car park for wheelchair access. I had to use the toilet so was glad to see a sign for wheelchair access toilet. What a joke! I... 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.