The Area

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Weardale is full of interest and steeped in history. It is a magnificent walking, cycling and fishing area, experience the unspoilt scenery and panoramic hill top views. Walking on public footpaths by streams along tracks and quiet country lanes and cycling on local byways and nearby Coast to Coast route enable you to appreciate the vast untamed beauty of the area. You can fish in the River Wear or in local reservoirs. Bird and wildlife watching is abundant.

Stanhope itself is the largest village in the dale with: Grocery, Bakery, Butchers, Chemists, Hairdressers, Newsagents/Off-Licence, Hardware Store, Takeaways, Boutique Art and Craft Galleries, Tourist Information, Tea Shops and Cafes, Bank and Post Office, Weekly Markets. Buses, Taxi and Railway. Open Air Heated Swimming Pool.

The North Pennines has much to offer in its unique beauty, history and easy accessibility to surrounding places of interest. Further afield but within easy reach is Durham City with its Cathedral and Castle, Newcastle with its Quayside, famous bridges, excellent shopping and world renowned Metrocentre, the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Hadrian's Wall, Beamish Open Air Museum and the market towns of Hexham, Barnard Castle, Penrith and Alston (the highest in England).

Local Attractions

  • Killhope
  • St Johns Chapel fortnightly Cinema
  • Weardale Folk Museum
  • Weardale Railway
  • Lime Tree Gallery
  • Durham Dales Centre
  • Wolsingham Leisure complex (Gym and indoor pool)
  • Hamsterley Forest
  • Hall Hill Farm
  • Bowes Museum
  • Local Agricultural Shows (in August and September)

Things To Do

  • Walking, Cycling, Fishing, Bird and Wildlife watching
  • Swimming at Stanhope and Wolsingham
  • Horse Riding at Sinderhope and Pony Trekking at Hamsterley Forest
  • Golf at Crook, Barnard Castle, Alston and Allendale
  • Photography and Painting
  • Eating at many interesting restaurants and public houses