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, for the adventurous you can try alpaca trekking with Teesdale Alpacas, or if you prefer more luxury you can try spa experiences at either Headlam Hall or The Morritt Arms. There are leadmines at Killhope, waterfalls at High Force and Low Force, falconry displays at Walworth Castle Birds of Prey, walking or cycling in woodland at Hamsterley Forest, or get a real sense of history at Raby Castle (which you can see from the Poddery) 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.
Eating and Drinking
We’re not short of local hostelries either. Hillcrest is a mile or so away from the villages of Ovington, Winston 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. The Bridgewater Arms at Winston is a converted school offering very high quality food, and specialising in seafood. A short drive away you’ll find Fernaville’s Rest at Whorlton, which is also dog friendly and serves top notch food – their Sunday lunches are legendary, but make sure you book to avoid disappointment.