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

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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]

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Art gallery

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Barnard Castle

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The Bowes Museum

Bowes Museum

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climbing

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Country cycling

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cycling

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Cycling

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Couple canoeing a quiet river

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Eggleston Hall Gardens

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