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Barnard Castle, North Dales

Details for Teesdale

Although not strictly in the dales, Teesdale is often described as the most 'northern dale' and is the area that surrounds the upper reaches of the River Tees just to the north of the Yorkshire Dales, and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

In days gone by the River Tees used to mark the border between Durham and Yorkshire. It is a rural destination with much to offer visitors with its beautiful natural landscape, historic market towns and many tourist attractions, including High Force, England's highest waterfall.

Teesdale has excellent facilities which can be enjoyed all year round. The area is very popular with cyclists and walkers as Teesdale's boasts one of the best landscape's in the North of England and there is a fantastic range of unique flora to be seen. There are excellent walks to enjoy through villages, woodlands, by the river and across the Pennines and cyclists can join the C2C and North Sea Cycle routes.

The market towns sell traditional locally produced products, they offer a great programme of activities and have brilliant places to stay and eat. Middleton-in-Teesdale, Mickleton, Eggleston, Romaldkirk and Cotherstone are Teesdale's principle villages. Barnard Castle which got its name from the Norman stronghold, around which it was built, is made up of winding lanes and cobbled streets with elegant Victorian and Georgian architecture. Middleton-in-Teesdale the gateway to the upper dale dates from the 1850's when it was created to support the lead...


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