Weardale is in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is a stunning landscape of open heather moors, dramatic dales, tumbling upland rivers, close knit communities, glorious waterfalls, colourful hay meadows, stone built villages and much more. As well as being an AONB the North Pennines is also a European and Global Geopark – a UNESCO- endorsed accolade awarded to areas with world-class geology. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are recognised as the equal of our National Parks and were established with the purpose of conserving and enhancing natural beauty so you’ll be sure of finding some spectacular landscapes with plenty opportunities to explore on foot and on bikes.
Out and About
There are an abundance of attractions in the vicinity such as:
- High Force - One of the most spectacular waterfalls in England, located in Forest-in-Tessdale in the heart of the Durham Dales. Visit www.highforcewaterfall.com for further details.
- The Weardale Museum & High House Chapel - The Weardale Museum is a small independent folk museum established by volunteers in 1985 to preserve the heritage of Weardale. Visit www.weardalemuseum.co.uk for more information.
- Killhope Lead Mine - Killhope is a fully restored nineteenth century Victorian lead mine, where you can experience the life and work of the lead mining families of the Pennine Dales. www.killhope.org.uk for more information.
- The Weardale Railway - This is a volunteer charity project which runs a variety of routes. In the winter, both children and the young at heart can enjoy the excitement of a ride on the Polar Express. For further details visit www.weardale-railway.org.uk.
- Weardale Heated Open Air Swimming Pool - The only open air heated pool in County Durham complete with toddler pool, springboard, waterslide, café, wood fired sauna and soft play area.