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 Good88
- Smegle_12Oxford, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWonderful experienceMonday, 19th June 2023Charming resource centre in stunning setting that does not cost the earth to visit. Had enormous fun walking our dogs here, weaving through ancient trees and taking in fabulous landscapes. Read full review
- Pamela PTrip Type:Friends getawayLovely walk and waterfallsSunday, 2nd July 2023Lovely visitor centre with tasty food and friendly staff. Ample parking, lovely walk along the river with beautiful waterfalls Read full review
- 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
- On-Site café/restaurant
Parking & Transport
- Parking (free) - Donation requested.
- Dogs Accepted - also allowed downstairs in visitor centre - includes cafe
|2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
* 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.