Westgate is a small village in the heart of the North Pennines with a polulation of about 300 people. It has a church St. Andrew's, a village hall, and a pub - The Hare and Hounds - which brews its own beer and serves evening meals.
Slitt Wood, an ancient woodland, to the north of the village is a place of peace and relaxation. It follows the Middlehope Burn and provides one of Weardale's favourite walks with a series of attractive waterfalls and over 100 varieties of wild flower during the spring and summer.
Westgate gets its name from the time when the Bishop of Durham created a hunting park in Weardale and this was its west gate. Eastgate marks its eastern entrance.
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