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, friendly and thriving 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.

We offer a specially warm welcome for walkers. 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 available to buy at The Witham and our local business and retail partners will make sure that you experience the best of Teesdale hospitality.

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Supported by the Durham County Council Members Initiative Fund of Cllrs Richard Bell & Ted Henderson and the County Durham Community Foundation.