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
- adamrB7164MVPeterborough, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyBeautiful scenery and so relaxingWednesday, 1st September 2021We visited during our week away and so glad we did the little cove was picturesque I wish we took our swimming shorts and had a little swim under the water fall. If your nearby definitely go check it... Read full review
- DanielleMccormickS02Trip Type:FamilyGift shopSaturday, 11th September 2021We entered the gift shop after our walk, in hopes of getting some snacks/drinks - there was no food left in which we liked so I tried to purchase a drink to be informed that it is card only and there... Read full review
- Richard SKent, United KingdomWell run and very helpfulMonday, 13th September 2021Dropped in to plan a walk to High Falls. Very knowledgeable staff who gave us all the information we required 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.