Teesdale is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you won’t be short of things to do and see! From castles, gardens, and waterfalls to world class art collections, there is much to explore here, whatever the weather. Hillcrest Park is just 7 miles from Barnard Castle, the pretty market town at the centre of Teesdale, which is home to the Bowes Museum. A short drive away and you are in Richmond with all that Swaledale has to offer.
There is something for everyone, from luxury to adventure. You can try spa experiences at either Headlam Hall or The Morritt Arms, visit the biggest single drop waterfall in the country at High Force, walking or cycling in woodland at Hamsterley Forest, immerse yourself in history at Raby Castle (which you can see from the Poddery) or the ruins of Barnard Castle (in the town of Barnard Castle!), take in some culture at the The Bowes Museum, wander around the pretty historic town of Richmond, or less than an hour away is the wonderful outdoor museum at Beamish
Don’t forget in the summer months, Auckland Castle put on a visually stunning night show called “Kynren – an epic tale of England”. This open-air theatrical extravaganza depicts 2,000 years of British history, from the Roman and Viking invasions through to the second world war, in a 7½ acre arena. Tickets for the night show can be purchased at www.elevenarches.org.
We’re not short of local hostelries either. Hillcrest is a mile or so away from the villages of Ovington and Caldwell, each of which has its own pub/restaurant. In Caldwell, The Brownlow Arms has an extensive menu, from bar meals and snacks to a full on Sunday roast, and is dog friendly. And the The Four Alls at Ovington will offer you a warm welcome and good home cooked food. For the gourmands among you, there is the two Michelin starred Raby Hunt Restaurant at Summerhouse. Richmond and Barnard Castle each offer a good range of eateries.