Bowlees Visitor Centre
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
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
Other things to do nearby
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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.
The Pennine Way in on the hostel's doorstep, with two of the best stretches of the route in the area up to High Cup Nick.
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Four acres of garden full of surprises with winding paths, borders, organic vegetables and fell views - a truly magical place. Visit the Garden website
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