Teesdale

Bowlees Visitor Centre

Overview

A fantastic base for walks, the centre provides information and displays on the landscape, wildlife and people of Upper Teesdale.

Within walking distance of both High Force Waterfall and Moor House-Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve

A mezzanine gallery provides an exhibition space for local artists and photographers to display their work.

Visit the Bowlees Visitor Centre website

What makes it special

  • Fantastic base for walks, including to High Force Waterfall
  • Information about the Upper Teesdale area

Opening times

16 March to 29 September- Daily 10:00 to 17:00

30 September to 3 November - Daily 10:00 to 16:30

Weekends outside these dates, except spring half term

Hostels nearby

Bowlees Visitor Centre

Barnard Castle, Durham, DL12 0XE

Map references

OS Map: 91 & 92, and Explorer OL31 & OL19

OS Grid Ref: NY906282

Lat/Lng: 54.648919, -2.1462167

Contact information

Email: [email protected]

Other things to do nearby

High Force Waterfall

High Force

High Force waterfall suddenly and spectacularly drops 70ft into a plunge pool, making it England's highest uninterrupted drop of water.  Park at the nearby car park, also on a bus route, and walk

Couple canoeing a quiet river

Watersports at Langdon Beck

Kingsway Adventure Centre, six miles away, offers guided tuition in a range of outdoor activities.  YHA Langdon Beck is right by the River Tees, with a variety of paddling from beginner sites to

Mountain Biking at YHA Langdon Beck

Mountain Biking in Langdon Beck

Hire a bike at Hamsterley Forest, about 20 miles away, and explore the graded trails including serious levels of descent and lovely family routes through the tranquil woods.

Cycling

Cycling in Langdon Beck

The hostel is close to the Coast to Coast cycling route.  Local roads offer great cycling for all abilities for anyone who wants to enjoy stunning views over the North Pennines landscape. see

Eggleston Hall Gardens

Eggleston Hall Gardens

Four acres of garden full of surprises with winding paths, borders, organic vegetables and fell views - a truly magical place. Visit the Garden website

Killhope Mine

Killhope

Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum, is a fully restored nineteenth century lead mine, where you can experience for yourself the life and work of the lead mining families of the Pen

Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle

This fortress has stunning views over the Tees Gorge. Don't miss the sensory garden of scented plants and tactile objects. Visit the English Heritage website

The Bowes Museum

Bowes Museum

The greatest collections of European Fine and Decorative Arts in the North of England - a great day out for all of the family. Visit the Museum website

Ashgill Force

Ashgill Force

The highest waterfall in the area, the gill falls a spectacular 50ft into a pool in the wooded valley below.

mining

Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre

See the mineral mining past of the North Pennines, with underground tours and interactive waterpower demonstrations.  See samples in the nearby museum and tea-room. Visit the Mine website for

cycling

Cycling in Dufton

There's fantastic road cycling around Dufton with lots of quiet roads making it suitable for all cycling abilities.

Walking and Rambling in Dufton

Walking and Rambling in Dufton

You can approach Cross Fell, the highest point along the Pennine Way from the hostel.  Don't miss High Cup Nick, an impressive geological feature popular with walkers, and the North Pennines very

Raby Castle

Raby Castle

This dramatic medieval castle, set within a deer park, has a lovely walled garden, fine furniture and fantastic art collection. Visit the Castle website

Appleby horse fair, Cumbria

Appleby

Appleby-in-Westmorland ia an attractive, historic, market town, famous for its horse fair that attracts a huge gypsy gathering each year. While here visit the Appleby Castle.  Tours of th