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Little Owl Lodge

Durham Dales and County - Area and Attractions 

Teesdale is an unspoilt landscape of green valleys and dry stone walls, grouse moors and fells. Our farm is situated near the edge of the North Pennines Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this area encompasses a large area in Teesdale, and part of neighbouring Weardale. The area is excellent for walking and a great base to explore the attractions of the county.

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyNorth Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Nearest facilities:

Pub ¾ mile. 

Mini supermarket 3 miles. 

Larger supermarkets and shopping - Barnard Castle 6 miles. 

Sports Centre /Gym/Swimming Pool (Barnard Castle).

Golf (Barnard Castle). 

Bishop Auckland 9 miles. 

Darlington 15 miles. 

Durham City 22 miles.

Summer in the Durham Dales !Summer in the Durham Dales !


Some of the delights of the surrounding area include -

Hamsterley Forest, nestles between Teesdale and Weardale in the heart of the beautiful Durham Dales. There are 2000 hectares of mixed woodland, the forest is a haven for walkers, and cycling (cycle hire available), horse riding (trekking and lessons available), and an array of wildlife and birdlife, a visitor centre and facilities for picnics, there is also a children’s play area.  

Raby Castle, is home to Lord Barnard's family since 1626, Raby is one of finest medieval Castle's in England, is set in it’s own deerpark and is a great place to visit.  


Barnard Castle, is an attractive historic market town which is dominated by a ruined Norman Castle.  The town boasts a regular farmers market, an array of Antique shops, and a selection of retail outlets.

Barnard CastleBarnard Castle

Bowes Museum, styled as a French Chateau, the museum is home to an internationally significant collection of fine and decorative arts. Ground breaking exhibitions and events are held throughout the year.    

The Witham, is a vibrant arts centre with an exciting programme of events throughout the year, including contemporary and classical music, theatre productions, cinema, live screenings and regular comedy events. 

Eggleston Hall and Gardens, is a finishing school for ladies (recently featured in the television program Ladette to Lady).  Renowned nursery gardens and Bistro.  


Middleton in Teesdale, is a picturesque dales market town, ‘gateway’ to Upper Teesdale. 


High ForceHigh Force

High Force, is the one of the largest single drop waterfalls in the UK. Take time to explore the area, upstream from High Force you can visit Cauldron Snout.







Low ForceLow ForceLow Force, is downstream from High Force and is an equally impressive site, it is a series of small waterfalls and a popular beauty spot.  Bowlees Visitor Centre (near to Low Force) is great for providing information about the area and landscape, offers a series of short walks and trails, and also serves food and beverages. 


Auckland Castle, is a medieval castle and deerpark in Bishop Auckland; home of the magnificent Zurbaran paintings and Spanish Art collections. 

Locomotion - The National Rail Museum at Shildon, offers visitors the opportunity to view many unique and historically significant railway vehicles, and enjoy interactive displays and events throughout the year. 

North East Outdoor Pursuits Centre, offers an range of exciting outdoor activities including clay pigeon shooting, paintball and archery.  


A little further away -

Durham City Riverside Durham City Riverside

Durham City, is a beautiful historic city with an eclectic range of retail options, cobbled streets lead you to the iconic Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy attractive riverside walks and Durham City's many attractions.








Beamish - The Living Museum of the North, is a world famous open air museum telling the story of the people of North East England during the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian periods. Beamish offer a full programme of activities and events throughout the year, and is a great day out for all ages.





Durham Heritage Coast, explore the colourful and dramatic landscape with its beaches, rugged cliffs and imposing headlands.

Durham Heritage CoastDurham Heritage Coast









Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Take a tour down the mine, visit the exhibitions and woodlands. Craft and adventure activities programme throughout the season. 

The Angel of the North, is a contemporary steel sculpture 20 metres high, with a wingspan 
of 54 metres.  

There are many more attractions and wonderful things to visit in the area, come stay with us and see....

Please check individual websites for opening times and any seasonal closures.