Welcome to Barnard Castle Walkers Are Welcome. We are a group of volunteers who love walking and want to encourage others to enjoy it too. We are proud to be the first town in County Durham to be officially recognised as a “Walkers Are Welcome” town. We are a very friendly and welcoming place and we are delighted to have the WaW stamp of approval to show that we care about our town and look after it with walkers particularly in mind.


We offer a specially warm welcome for walkers. You can be sure that the footpaths and walking routes are well-maintained and signposted and the facilities for walkers are kept up to scratch. “Barney” is a wonderful base from which to enjoy the delights of walking in beautiful Teesdale. We have some great self-guided walk leaflets and our local business and retail partners will make sure that you experience the best of Teesdale hospitality. In the unlikely event that you might have any difficulties we have the excellent Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team based in the town to help out (www.twsmrt.org.uk)


“Walkers Are Welcome” is a national network of towns and villages, now numbering over 120, that promotes the positive benefits of walking, for residents and visitors alike. The main aims of this community-based scheme are to make towns attractive destinations for walkers through providing high quality information on walks; offering excellent walking opportunities and ensuring footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained, improved and well-signposted. We also seek to promote the health benefits of walking, increase participation generally and encourage the use of public transport. Find out more at www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk.


Barnard Castle is the principal market town in Teesdale, a beautiful if often overlooked corner of south-west County Durham, bordering Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. It forms the gateway to many beautiful walks along the picturesque River Tees and in the remote and dramatic wilderness of Upper Teesdale. Enjoy the delights of an historic and bustling market town, a fascinating history of lead-mining and challenging sections of the Teesdale and Pennine Ways. Experience England’s largest waterfall at High Force; a unique and wonderful collection of wildflowers; colourful upland haymeadows and the haunting sound of moorland birds such as lapwing, curlew, snipe and black grouse. This rich and varied landscape is ideal for walkers of all abilities.


So please look at the other pages on this website and discover all about Barnard Castle, the many places to visit and stay and, of course, the wonderful walks that are available in and around Teesdale.   For further information please email info@walkteesdale.org.uk

Photos thanks to G. King, Startforth
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Supported by the Durham County Council Members Initiative Fund of Cllrs Richard Bell & Ted Henderson