Category: Durham

The Bowes Museum In Barnard Castle

One minute you are in the Durham Dales, Teesdale and the historic small market town of Barnard Castle. Turn a corner and through the gates, and you are faced with a grand and large building. It is literally transporting you to France. In fact the Bowes Museum is the only building of its kind in our country that was built in the style of French museums of the First Empire period. A sight to behold even before seeing the many treasures within and around. Before I even get started on the massive collection, priceless pieces of art and of...

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Bowlees Visitor Centre and Gibson’s Cave, Teesdale

Within the beautiful valley of Teesdale, Durham Dales, there is one place that is always my first stop here, Bowlees Visitor Centre. This is the place you will want to start all of your discovery of Teesdale and the natural beauty around. It is definitely perfectly placed! This is so so so much more than a Visitor Centre. Nestled within woodland, with a spacious car park, there are so many options to discover nature from this point too. You may recall my walks by Low and High Force or the stargazing by the waterfalls. Well this is the centre...

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The Weardale Museum and High House Chapel

I was having a day’s journey through Weardale in the Durham Dales. I had often come for walks, hikes and views but this was a day of discovery and to learn more about the people of the area and the history. After visiting the Durham Dales Centre I drove a little up the valley and my next destination was the Weardale Museum at Ireshopeburn. A little treasure trove on the history of this beautiful valley and its people. Entirely run by keen volunteers you can tell immediately on entering that a great deal of time, effort and resources have...

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Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope and the Fossil Tree

Nestled in the heart of the Weardale, The Durham Dales, is the small market town of Stanhope. This is a wonderful spot to discover more about the Durham Dales or to venture from on foot, or as the gateway to more dales adventures. In fact it was from here I did one of my favourite short walks last year with much history and amazing views. As you enter the town you will see the church not too far from the Durham Dales Centre, but the churchyard is home to more than the usual, it has a magical example of...

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Durham Dales: A Walk Through Slitt Wood

What a wonderful spot, situated in the heart of Weardale in the Durham Dales, Slitt Wood is a secret paradise to walk and not only take in the wealth of nature on offer but also some great deal of history from the area, a history that not only comprises industry of the last few hundred years but geology going back 320 million years. This is a start point also for a 3 mile circular walk full of such variety. Not too strenuous but a perfect way to see nature in full variety in this part of the Durham Dales....

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Durham Dales: An e-Bike Tour Around Derwent Reservoir

The sun came out on my visit to the Durham Dales but that added to the fun of getting out in the fresh air doing some exercise as well as taking in great views. It was also time to take in an often overlooked valley of the Durham Dales, the beautiful Derwent Valley. And a great way to explore the area was taking a tour around Derwent Reservoir by e-Bike. Magnificent! The Durham Dales provide a wonderful backdrop for a cycle ride. And I was especially intrigued at touring around on an e-bike. Well, I can say that these...

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