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Weardale is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is one of England`s most special places - a peaceful, unspoilt landscape with a rich history and vibrant natural beauty. It has a distinctive landscape of high moorland with dramatic views, snaking stone walls, stone built villages, and an extensive imprint of a past industrial mineral mining age. Peace, tranquillity and fabulous night skies ensure its recognition by CPRE as one of England`s most tranquil places.

The moorlands and peatscapes are home to some of our rarest wildlife and have a sense of naturalness and remoteness found in few other places in the country. Weardale is home to some of the finest upland hay meadows in the UK with the very best meadows containing over 30 species of flowering plants and grasses, with up to 120 species per field.

Wild North Discovery - Nature based activities on the wild side

Wild North Discovery run a wide range of nature based activities from bushcraft to wildlife and nature exploration and traditional craft skills that use natural materials including the pole lathe and willow basketry. From bird watching to survival shelters, fire lighting and foraging for wild food to making a rolling pin or a even a chair there is something for everyone who loves nature and the outdoors. The activities range from half a day to a full week and can be booked for just two people or a group of friends. Family activities are also available including family bushcrafts for a half or full day.


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Our activities are designed to get you close to the wildlife and nature that is often all round but frequently hidden. We'll introduce you to a range of wild watching activities including bats, badgers, deer, bird life and wildlife tracking in woodlands. We can also take you on focused explorations of different habitats including woodland, wetlands, flower rich hay meadows and moorlands looking at the range of plants and animals found. In addition we run our beginner's guide activities to help get you started in a range of nature and wildlife based topics.

Half or full day activities for adults or family groups

Wild North Discovery, Harehope Quarry, Frosterley, DL13 2SG

Tel. 01388 529154

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Low Barnes Nature Reserve

One of the county's most important wildlife sites this 50- hectare wetland site located adjacent to the River Wear also contains mixed woodlands and species rich grasslands with a Visitor Centre
and Coffee shop.

Witton-le-Wear, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 0AG, Tel: 01388 488728

Other Weblinks to more information

Hay Time - North Pennines

Ireshopeburn Haymeadow Walk