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Country Pursuits

Country Pursuits

This page lists some country pursuits you can enjoy when visiting Teesdale. Choose from;


The Pennine Way

Moorland and riverside walking from Tan Hill to Cow Green Reservoir and beyond - part of the well known national trail.

Info & leaflet: Contact TIC
The Teesdale Way

A long distance route along the River Tees from source to the mouth of the Tees, also ideal for short, circular walks.

Info & leaflet: Contact TIC
The Tees Railway Walk

A pleasant 6 mile walk through Cotherstone, Romaldkirk and Mickleton to Lonton. Parking available at Mickleton Picnic Area. This is a level walk, suitable for all ages and abilities.

Info & leaflet: Contact TIC
Flatts Woods

Waymarked walks of varying distances and difficulty in these woods at the edge of Barnard Castle.

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Bowlees Nature Trail

Leaflet for the Bowlees Picnic Area nature trail is available from the Bowlees Visitor Centre.

Info & leaflet: Contact TIC
Hamsterley Forest Walks

Waymarked walks of varying distance & difficulty in the Forestry Commission's Hamsterley Forest. Also orienteering course, cycle routes, horse-riding trails & picnic places.

Further information: Contact TIC
Teesdale Trails

Guided walks for individuals and groups, not suitable for dogs.
For details and availability contact Geoff Hewitt, 4 Croft View, Lead Pipe Lane, Cotherstone.

T:01833 650174
Circular Waymarked Walks

Walks of 2 to 7 miles (3 to 12 km) from BarnardCastle, Butterknowle, Cockfield, Cotherstone, Copley, Bowlees, Baldersdale & Lunedale Reservoirs, Evenwood, Gainford, Staindrop, Woodland, Hamsterley, Middleton-in-Teesdale.

Further information: Contact TIC
Herdship Farm

Harwood in Teesdale, Barnard Castle DL12 0YP

A picturesque walk, guided if required, around this 570 acre farm which is part of the Raby Estate in Upper Teesdale.
No charges. WC. Limited car parking. Dogs allowed if on lead.

Mrs K Toward T:01833 622215   Email us


Hamsterley Trail Blazers

Four cycle routes catering for different ability levels, from short family trails to a severe black route for the experienced cyclist. A 20 mile trailquest course takes in the whole forest.

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Countryside Cycling

3 family routes on quiet lanes between Barnard Castle & Richmond, 12-28 miles (20-45km).

Further information: Contact TIC

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

Available at;

  • Raygill Riding Centre, Lartington
  • Hamsterley Riding School, Hamsterley
  • West Hoppyland Trekking Centre, Hamsterley
  • New Moors Training and Livery Centre, Evenwood Gate

Further information:  Contact TIC


Harwood Ski Federation

Approximately 4 miles beyond the Langdon Beck Hotel. 2x 500m tows. Skiing weekends and holidays from mid-November to Easter when conditions permit.

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Off Road Driving

Deepdale Off Road

From absolute beginners to as brave as you dare! Instruction given by fully trained instructor on 20 acre site 3 miles from Barnard Castle. Half & full day courses. Half and full day courses across the top of the dale. Exciting off road driving or just a spectacular day out. Bookings by appointment only.

T:01833 630802    Email us    Visit Web Site

Sheep Dogs

Sheepdog Days - 'UP' on the Farm !!

Get your wellies and your whistle out and join us on our beautiful sheep farm for a fun and informative day watching and handling working Sheepdogs from youngsters to the English National Champions.

Aimed at people who have pet Border Collies and want to learn more about the breed and those who simply love Border Collies and Sheepdogs and want to get involved!

Full day from 10am - 4pm, lunch included, £75 per participant, £25 for spectator (max 1 spectator place per participant). Occasional possible chance to try your own herding dog under controlled circumstances.

Private Venue in Teesdale.Gift Vouchers available.


T:01833 650695    Visit Web Site