Bowlees Visitor Centre
Bowlees is a fantastic base for exploring Upper Teesdale, with footpath links to Low Force, High Force, Newbiggin and the Pennine Way. The North Pennines AONB Partnership reopened the centre in June 2013.
Bowlees Visitor Centre, Newbiggin, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 0XF
Tel: 01833 622145
If the centre is closed please contact the AONB Partnership staff unit on 01388 528801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- From 1 March 2014, seven days a week from 10am - 4pm
- From 1 April 2014 seven days a week from 9am - 6pm
Admission free, small voluntary charge for the car park.
Bowlees Visitor centre provides information and displays on the geology and landscape, wildlife and people of Upper Teesdale, and the AONB.
Car parking (small voluntary charge) is available at the nearby picnic area. Accessible parking and an electric car charging point are available in front of the centre. Toilets (including an accessible toilet) are available at the centre when open.
The centre has an upstairs room which can be booked for meetings and courses. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
Cafe 1618 @ Bowlees
Serves teas, homemade produce and other delicious refreshments including the Teesdale Lead Miners' Pasty.
The shop sells a range of maps and guidebooks together with nature inspired gifts and locally made produce.
An upstairs gallery provides an exhibiton space for local artists and photographers. The next exhibiton which will run until February, will feature the work of four local artists: Paul Morgan-Clarke, Glynnis Carter, Simon Wilson and Ann Mason.
Events for 2014 are now being planned and further details will be on the website soon.
Childrens' Activities are available all year round - come and make a badge to remind you of your visit to the North Pennines. Just ask at reception for further details.
Upper Teesdale provides a wealth of opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Contact Nic Cullens on 01388 528801 or email Nicola@northpenninesaonb.org.uk for further details.
Other places to visit nearby
There is plenty to do in Upper Teesdale.
Within walking distance:
Within 30 minutes drive:
Eating and drinking
At Cafe1618@ Bowlees you can get coffees, teas and cold drinks, cakes and light meals, but there are plenty of other places to eat and drink in Upper Teesdale. There are hotels at High Force and Langdon Beck and a variety of cafes in Middleton-in-Teesdale
If you are looking to stay in Teesdale a bit longer there are lots of places within a short drive which will offer Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Look out for B&Bs with a Green Tourism (GTBS) accreditation!