From Bishop Auckland head to visit Shildon before arriving at Raby Castle. Enjoy the impressive views from Barnard Castle before visiting Bowes Castle. Pass Eggleton Abbey before the High Force and Low Force waterfalls. Enjoy the scenery from Harthope Moss before arriving at Brancepeth Castle.
Bishop Auckland – the gateway to the Weardale, in the Vale of Durham stands above the River Wear affording views of the countryside. Enjoy the independent shops, take a visit to Auckland Castle, explore the grounds and deer park. Just a mile outside the town are the remains of Binchester Roman Fort.
Shildon’s industrial heritage is intrinsically linked to coal production and the development of steam engines. Visit Locomotion – the National Railway Museum and enjoy a host of exhibits including the Collection Building, the Conservation Workshop, take a door or enjoy a steam ride – all aboard!
On your way through Staindrop, stop to visit the stunning Raby Castle. Built in the 14th century, Raby Castle and grounds occupy 200 acres of the Durham Vales – enjoy the walled garden, deer park and visit the historic transport collection.
Adjacent to the market town of the same name and standing on a rock above the River Tees the remains of Barnard Castle built in the 12th century rewards visitors with impressive views across the Tees Gorge.
The Pennine village of Bowes is built around the 12th century Bowes Castle, the impressive remains overlooking the strategically important Stainmore Pass. Visit Bowes Museum, in the grounds of Barnard Castle to see the collections of fine and decorative art.
Middleton-in-Teesdale on the Pennie Way is a market town that provides an attractive base for exploring the nearby Eggleston Abbey ruins, Low Force waterfall and the impressive High Force waterfall at Forest-in-Teesdale.
The mountain pass of Harthope Moss – or Chapel Fell, is a remote location in the Pennines dividing Weardale and Teesdale. Take in the fresh air, enjoy the big skies and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Brancepeth Castle is a medieval castle in the village of Brancepeth – time your visit to enjoy one the craft fairs held at the venue. Close by you will find the impressive Whitworth Hall hotel with its deer park and ornamental lake.