Doe Park Caravan Site is situated in Teesdale, Durham, near to the village of Cotherstone. This is one of my favourite valleys to explore from. A great motorhome adventure there needed a great base to start from and Doe Park was definitely going to be my destination to hook-up there.
Beautifully set as you can see and so wonderfully quiet too. As you can gauge in these photos I got.
The Swift motorhome was packed up in no time and on the road to the County of Durham. The caravan site is not too far off the A66 as it happens so getting to this idyllic spot was no problem at all road wise yet you feel so far away from it all.
Upon entering the gates the magic starts to happen and you see just how beautiful they have made the place. The grand 17th Century farmhouse strikes you straight away.
Entering the reception you are greeted with plenty of smiles and friendliness. No corporate madness nor any messing, this is a wonderfully genuine and happy welcome from a family run caravan site.
This building is also packed with ideas of places to go an see and walking trails etc.
The Lamb family that run the park have such a deep history with the area. Three generations ago they purchased Doe Park as a farm and since the 1980s have run the huge farm and then the caravan site concurrently. Doing a marvellous job if you ask me.
The fact that they own the land around for the farm means that even from straight out of the motorhome or touring door, you can walk into beautiful scenery and meadows. With wildlife to be seen everywhere.
You can also see from the pics above that each hook-up plot has lots of room that adds to your enjoyment and comfort. This is another reason why they have a reputation for returning happy customers instead of cramming numbers in.
Everything was immaculate. From the maintained grass to the ablution block. In fact all the amenities and logistical needs were nicely located in the centre and wherever you would be based on the site you would never have to go far for anything you needed.
Teesdale itself, as I have mentioned, is a wonderful base for adventures of all kinds in the Durham Dales. So much is on your doorstep from here.
There is the magnificent High and Low Force only a few miles away. When there it is always a good idea to pop into Bowlees visitor centre for refreshments, and to find out more about what is going on in the area.
Or if you want a day indoors looking in awe at splendour then you could head to Barnard castle and The Bowes Museum.
You could even go seek out the famous Black Grouse on the tops, a wonderful sight.
I could rattle out a whole huge list here and I have written about so many places to see in the Durham Dales already on this site.
After a lovely day out it is a pleasure though to head back to the peace at Doe Park and relax for the evening. Or you can walk just a little walk to the village nearby and enjoy a drink and meal in the Fox and Hounds.
In an upcoming post I shall be showcasing a walk around the corner from here. Another unique walk, a local reservoir walk, that I would not have known without the inside knowledge from the staff here. Thank you.