The Durham Dales, incorporating Teesdale and Weardale, is a peaceful and tranquil landscape of moors and hills, valleys and meandering rivers, dotted with picturesque villages and market towns. Part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Durham Dales truly is a special place and the perfect choice for your next holiday of exploration.
The green and tranquil town of Stanhope in Weardale is at the heart of the Durham Dales, and is home to the Durham Dales Centre where you will find craft shops a plenty and an award-winning tea room.
Visit High House Chapel, the world’s oldest Methodist Chapel still in continuous weekly use, and the Weardale Museum – a small independent folk museum where visitors can discover what life was like in Weardale in the 19th Century.
Take the pleasant woodland walk to High Force, the highest unbroken fall of water in England, where the River Tees spectacularly drops 21 metres – an awe-inspiring sight! Barnard Castle in Teesdale is another idyllic market town, and is home to The Bowes Museum, a magnificent French-style château which houses one of the greatest collections of fine and decorative arts in an array of stunning galleries. Nearby Raby Castle, built in the 14th Century, is one of the finest medieval castles in England. Set in 250 acre deer park with beautiful walled gardens, Raby is a must-visit.
Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum, is a multi-award-winning Victorian Museum and the most complete lead mining site in Great Britain. It features a huge working water wheel and visitors can experience the life and work of lead mining families and put on hard hats to descend into the mine to take a tour underground – an unforgettable experience.
And don’t miss Hamsterley Forest – a fantastic adventure playground of woodland with walks, cycle routes and horse riding trails open to all. A mountain-bikers dream, visitors can hire bikes in the forest and tackle a range of rides to suit all abilities.
When it’s time to refuel, you’ll find great places to eat along the way, from tempting treats in market town tearooms, to hearty countryside meals in traditional country pubs, it’s all on the menu in the Durham Dales.
MICKLETON VILLAGE CARNIVAL
Saturday 7th June 1pm-5pm
Fancy Dress Judging at 1.30pm (In the Village Field next to the Hall) (Categories: Under 5’s, 5-7yrs, 8-11yrs, 12-16yrs, Adults & Groups) Carnival opened at 2pm Followed by Fancy dress parade Usual Fun & Games on-going all afternoon Magic Show, Punch & Judy, Home-made Teas Tombola, Raffle, Skittles, Coconut Shy & lots more. Flyball Club Display at 2.30pm Children’s Sports at 3.15pm Prize giving & Raffle draw at 4.30pm Donations of prizes or goods would be appreciated, please leave at Mickleton Service Station anytime or the Hall on Carnival day from 10am.
EGGLESTON VILLAGE CARNIVAL
Saturday 14th June 2pm
Something for everyone at this friendly village carnival. Live music, animal attractions, children’s activities, cream teas, craft stalls and much, much more! Raffle drawn at 4.15pm
ROMALDKIRK VILLAGE GARDENS
Sunday 22nd June 2pm-5.30pm
Home-made teas in The Reading Room, opp the Rose and Crown Hotel. A group of 8 gardens of great variety. Most gardens are clustered around the village greens. Some are a short walk/drive to the edge of the village. Romaldkirk is an interesting, old fashioned village with a water pump, stocks and attractive church of St Romald. Some gardens are typical cottage gardens with herbaceous borders, another larger garden incls a pond and grotto, one has lawns, a rockery and interesting shrubs. Another garden which is well established has an attractive design of lawns, pond, herbaceous borders, trees and shrubs. Wheelchair access to some gardens. Visit www.ngs.org.uk