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Guidebook for Westgate in Weardale

Chris

Guidebook for Westgate in Weardale

Parks & Nature
High Force is surrounded by the stunning countryside of Upper Teesdale and is situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A variety of animal and plant life can be seen at High Force throughout the seasons, from a vast array of wildflowers, ferns and towering trees, to roe deer and rabbits. High Force is a sight to behold, and along with a well-maintained and picturesque car park and picnic area, from which walkers can set off along many way marked routes; it makes an ideal place to stop for a picnic and a base for exploring Teesdale and the North Pennines by car, bike or on foot.
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High Force Waterfalls
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High Force is surrounded by the stunning countryside of Upper Teesdale and is situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A variety of animal and plant life can be seen at High Force throughout the seasons, from a vast array of wildflowers, ferns and towering trees, to roe deer and rabbits. High Force is a sight to behold, and along with a well-maintained and picturesque car park and picnic area, from which walkers can set off along many way marked routes; it makes an ideal place to stop for a picnic and a base for exploring Teesdale and the North Pennines by car, bike or on foot.
Facilities on offer include a cafe, cycle hire, picnic sites, adventure playground, forest drive and walking and horse riding routes. The forest is also a magnet for mountain bikers from all over the North of England, attracted by a wide range of cycling experiences, from the training loop and top quality off-road cycle trails, to the high octane four-cross and downhill mountain bike courses provided by Descend Hamsterley.
Hamsterley Forest
Facilities on offer include a cafe, cycle hire, picnic sites, adventure playground, forest drive and walking and horse riding routes. The forest is also a magnet for mountain bikers from all over the North of England, attracted by a wide range of cycling experiences, from the training loop and top quality off-road cycle trails, to the high octane four-cross and downhill mountain bike courses provided by Descend Hamsterley.
Arts & Culture
(Open from 1st April each year) Killhope is a multi-award winning 19th century mining museum in the centre of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), where you can experience the life and work of the lead mining families of the North Pennines. Famous for its iconic working waterwheel, the venue offers so much more to do and see, including stunning landscape, captivating art installation, fascinating lead mining history, scenic walks and amazing wildlife. Maybe you’ll spot one of the famous red squirrels. You can also accompany one of our guides on an unforgettable underground mine tour.
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Killhope Lead Mining Museum
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(Open from 1st April each year) Killhope is a multi-award winning 19th century mining museum in the centre of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), where you can experience the life and work of the lead mining families of the North Pennines. Famous for its iconic working waterwheel, the venue offers so much more to do and see, including stunning landscape, captivating art installation, fascinating lead mining history, scenic walks and amazing wildlife. Maybe you’ll spot one of the famous red squirrels. You can also accompany one of our guides on an unforgettable underground mine tour.
Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in the north east during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.
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Beamish, the Living Museum of the North
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Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in the north east during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.
"Everybody should come here !" A local family drove past our small Folk Museum (The Weardale Museum, Ireshopeburn) for thirty years before venturing inside only to be amazed at what has been sitting on their own doorstep all these years. They left a simple but a lovely message in the visitors book which I will pass on to others who may be tempted to drive past - "Everybody should come here". We tend to agree. Open 1.30 - 4.30 every day until the end of August and then Wednesday - Sunday till the end of November.
Weardale Museum and High House Chapel
"Everybody should come here !" A local family drove past our small Folk Museum (The Weardale Museum, Ireshopeburn) for thirty years before venturing inside only to be amazed at what has been sitting on their own doorstep all these years. They left a simple but a lovely message in the visitors book which I will pass on to others who may be tempted to drive past - "Everybody should come here". We tend to agree. Open 1.30 - 4.30 every day until the end of August and then Wednesday - Sunday till the end of November.
Food Scene
The Farm Shop and Café is open throughout the year. Housed in a beautiful log cabin, tables on our terrace overlook the burn flowing past. Enjoy home cooked fayre beside the wood stove while the kids explore the enclosed play area just outside. Find out more about the farm on our farm trail. Meet our animals and have a go at the Trail Quiz!
Bradley Burn Farm Shop & Cafe
The Farm Shop and Café is open throughout the year. Housed in a beautiful log cabin, tables on our terrace overlook the burn flowing past. Enjoy home cooked fayre beside the wood stove while the kids explore the enclosed play area just outside. Find out more about the farm on our farm trail. Meet our animals and have a go at the Trail Quiz!
Delicious food and real ales in a delightful old fashioned pub.
The Black Bull Inn
Delicious food and real ales in a delightful old fashioned pub.
Essentials
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Stanhope
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Shopping
The Durham Dales Centre is situated in Stanhope, Weardale in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). A unique venue with a range of attractions such as a tearoom offering homemade hot and cold meals, speciality coffees and teas, gift shops and speciality craft shops, gardens, visitor information, function room and business offices.
The Durham Dales Centre
The Durham Dales Centre is situated in Stanhope, Weardale in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). A unique venue with a range of attractions such as a tearoom offering homemade hot and cold meals, speciality coffees and teas, gift shops and speciality craft shops, gardens, visitor information, function room and business offices.
Drinks & Nightlife
Friendly and cosy real ale pub
The Blue Bell Inn
12 Hood St
Friendly and cosy real ale pub
Sightseeing
Waskerley Way