Welcome to the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark

Explore at Bowlees Visitor Centre

Come and explore

Bowlees Visitor Centre is in beautiful Upper Teesdale, next to Low and High Force waterfalls. There’s lots to do in and around the centre and it is a great place to start your visit to the North Pennines AONB.

Explore the site around Bowlees Visitor Centre as part of your visit. Take a short walk to Gibson’s Cave and Summerhill Force, go on an invertebrate hunt in the quarry or play in the mud kitchen.

  • If you think trees are terrific (we do), have a wander in the woodland with our new tree activity sheet and see what you can find. Download here.
  • For the full Upper Teesdale waterfall experience, take a walk to Low Force and then stride out along the Pennine Way, up to High Force, then back to Bowlees. Download the leaflet for this popular circular walk (or buy a copy in the Centre for 50p)

Find Us


Bowlees Visitor Centre, Bowlees, Newbiggin in Teesdale, County Durham DL12 0XF

E: visitbowlees@northpenninesaonb.org.uk

T: 01833 622145

Opening times


Bowlees Visitor Centre is currently closed. The car park remains open.