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Ireshopeburn, Co. Durham, DL13 1HD

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Visit Weardale

Weardale, one of the lovely Durham Dales of the North Pennines is a wonderful place to stay. Some use it as a base to visit Durham Cathedral, Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District but Weardale itself is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as our photographs show.

Visit some of our hidden gems

Firstly visit The Weardale Museum, you won’t be disappointed.

Explore the lead-mining heritage of the North Pennines at Killhope.

Enjoy a ride on one of our tourist railways at Stanhope or Alston.

Pop into Teesdale to view  spectacular waterfalls at ‘High Force’, ‘Low Force’, and Cauldron Snout then have tea at Bowlees Visitor Centre.

Seek out more of our Christian Heritage at Escomb Saxon Church, Blanchland Abbey, Auckland Castle, and Newbiggin Methodist Chapel.

All of these and many more attractions and events are listed in the excellent

Discover Weardale  website.


Be Outdoor and Active


Walking is a great way to explore Weardale and experience the tranquillity, stunning countryside, magnificent views and varied wildlife. Hundreds of miles of public footpaths, former industrial railway lines and quiet country lanes provide a huge range of walking opportunities from peaceful family strolls to strenuous hill walking and long distance trails.


Quiet country roads and miles of easily accessible off road cycle ways make Weardale a mecca for cyclists.

The un-spoilt, uncrowded network of routes offer a wide range of experiences covering leisurely family bike rides / steep hill climbs and invigorating downhill rides / circular routes from 10 (16km) to 24 miles (39km) / woodland rides in the 5000 acres (2000 hectares) Hamsterley Forest.

If its a challenge you’re after try the C2C cycle route which traverses Weardale on the journey from coast to coast.

Fishing, horse riding, water sports and other outdoor activities are also on offer in Weardale.

Find out more click on these excellent websites below. Discover Weardale The North Pennines Click on an image below to view the Gallery