Covering some 2000 hectares on the edge of Teesdale and Weardale, Hamsterley Forest provides many opportunities for outdoor activities with forest walks, nature trails, orienteering courses and mountain bike routes.
A visit to the Dale would not be complete without a visit to Killhope Wheel and Lead Mining Centre, to sample the harsh reality of life in a 19-century mine, and follow the nature trail and see the Red Squirrels.
A stone built town standing on the northern bank of the River Wear. The parish church of St.Thomas is well worthy of a visit especially to see the 250 million year old fossilised tree which you can find in the church grounds. The Durham Dales Centre is based here with its Information Centre, Craft Shops and Tea Rooms.
Weardale Museum and High House Chapel
A small museum depicting Weardale life in the 19th century. The adjoining High House chapel is the oldest purpose built Methodist Chapel still holding weekly services.
A little town in Lower Weardale where the river leaves the hills of West Durham. Here you can find a range of small shops, pubs and recreational facilities including an indoor swimming pool. Wolsingham Show, reputed to be the oldest agricultural show in England, is held the first weekend in September.