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County Durham is full of charming market towns, and Middleton-in-Teesdale is no exception for couples to get away. Situated near historic castles, flowing waterfalls, and some of England’s best walking paths, Middleton-in-Teesdale is a lovely getaway destination. It’s the ‘capital’ of the upper dale and is an excellent base from which to explore this lush area of rural England. Here are the best things to do in and around Middleton-in-Teesdale.
Located in plush woodlands near some of the most gorgeous waterfalls in England, the Bowlees Visitor Centre is an excellent starting point for your visit. Learn more about this unique piece of County Durham, have some tea and scones in the centre’s cafe, and enjoy easy access to the waterfalls, walking trails, and rolling hills. Plus, it’s a gateway to the North Pennies, one of the most spectacular natural places in England.
There is so much to explore from this starting point! Immerse yourself in English heritage and some of the country’s most beautiful nature sites when you visit the Bowlees Visitor Centre.
There’s no shortage of natural beauty in England, and the Middleton-in-Teesdale area is lucky to boast some of the lushest views in the country – like the High Force Waterfall in Durham Dales.
While the River Tees has been tumbling into this gorge for thousands of years, the rocks are even more ancient. Origins date back over 300 million years, and they are a sight to see. The nature that surrounds the 21-metre waterfall flaunts wide-open moors, flower-filled meadows, majestic woods, and varying wildlife – commonplace in the North Pennines. See the scenery of the High Force Waterfall change throughout the seasons, and visit at night to see a spectacular view of the starry night sky.
Downstream from the High Force Waterfall and slightly shorter at 18 metres, the Low Force Waterfall is still a must-see. This masterpiece boasts a series of low cascades that flow through the River Tees. Beyond its gorgeous natural views, it’s also worth visiting to cross over the 19th-century Wynch Bridge with its unique perspective of the rocky river below. But it’s recommended to cross the bridge one at a time for safety precautions!
Simply follow along the footpath at the Bowlees Visitor Centre to take advantage of one of the best places to walk in Middleton-in-Teesdale.
The North Pennines is a stunning landscape, highlighted as both an Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) and a UNESCO Global Geopark. Hay meadows intertwine with heather moors and peatlands that meet tumbling rivers, quaint woodlands, and historic relics. Take on part of the 431-kilometre Pennine Way, and quickly be swept away by the spectacular vistas and curious wildlife you will see along the way.
Surrounded by rich nature and local wildlife, Raby Castle is a must-see in the North Pennines. The place combines a park with a gorgeous medieval castle and cosy cafe to complete your visit.
Wander along its scenic walking trails to spot baby deer and cows. Then, visit one of the castle’s several gardens to see a variety of vibrant plants along with a quaint Gothic cottage. Finally, of course, spend some time uncovering the beauty of this 11th-century castle that once served as a Viking settlement for King Cnut.
One of our favourite towns is Barnard Castle. Featuring a gorgeous French-designed museum as well as plenty of shops and cafes, this is the place to come for a day out. As is in the name, there is even a Castle. Here at Holiday at Home, we are fans of a good riverside walk, and at Barnard Castle, you can easily stroll along the River Tees and Percy Beck. Read all about our suggestions as to what to get up to Barnard Castle.
Whether you want to walk, ride horses, or cycle, Hamsterley Forest in Teesdale is an excellent place to visit. The woodlands are nestled between the scenic Wear and Tees valleys sprawling with trees, shrubs, and wildlife. Bicycles are available for hire, there’s a children’s playground, and it’s also a tremendous spot to discover the twinkling night sky.
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