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First of all, Congratulations!
You have found one of England’s last hidden gems: Weardale - a 20 mile ribbon of river and road that once discovered, you’ll return to over and over and over again.
Visitors can enjoy shopping in the Lower, Central and Upper Weardale’s market towns of Wolsingham, Stanhope, and St John’s Chapel - each of which have cafes, art & gifts shops and a range of general stores for your convenience.
You can explore underground at Killhope, Weardale's award-winning Lead-mining Museum, experience the peace and tranquillity of the historic High House Chapel and Weardale Museum in Ireshopeburn, spend a morning at The Durham Centre Centre with its boutique stores, or check out some of the finest Weardale art at Chatterbox Café.
For more on all these things and the latest events, stop by at the staffed Visitor Information points in Stanhope and St John’s Chapel.
This is the website of the Weardale Visitor Network --- Bringing Tourism to Weardale.
|These stunning images by Network member Peter Elliott show Weardale in its Autumn glory. Weardale is beautiful at all times of year, the ideal place to walk, cycle, see rare upland birds and haymeadows or simply chill out. Check our accommodation and book now.|
|Peter is a member of Durham Dales Crafts in the Dales Centre Stanhope.|
Weardale was once the hunting forest for the Prince Bishops of Durham, second only in size to the the King's New Forest. By the sixteenth century deer-parks had gone out of fashion and the Bishop was reaping huge rewards from Weardale's lead-mining industry and later in the nineteenth century from limestone quarrying in Weardale, which have both left a rich industrial heritage in the valley.
Weardale is at the heart of the Durham Dales. With Teesdale on one side, and Derwentside and Allendale on the other, it is the perfect location for getting outdoor and active with a walking or cycling holiday. The North Pennines is used by thousands of the country's best cyclists in events like the Marie Curie Care Etape Pennines event in October. Discover our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty extending from the gentle rolling hills and valleys of lower Weardale to the high, wild fells of the North Pennines with its beautiful hay-meadows and nesting sites for some of Britain's rarest birds. Hamsterley Forest offers a fantastic adventure playground of woodland walks, cycle routes and horse riding, while the Weardale Ski Club provides terrific winter sport on the fells above Westgate.
If its Family History information that you want then your first port of call should be the Weardale Museum at Ireshopeburn, which holds many searchable records on computer including family tree information.
Click here to find more information about the rest of County Durham.
For those who wish to travel further afield Weardale is an ideal centre from which to explore other Durham Dales, such as Teesdale, Derwentside and Allendale, the World Heritage Centre of Durham, Hadrian's Wall Country and The Lake District.
Top Banner Image courtesy of Tom Nattrass