Once you have finished walking or if you fancy a change there’s plenty to keep you entertained.
Set in beautiful gardens the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle has a simply extraordinary collection of fine art, housed in a French chateau style building.
Eggleston Abbey is a fine ruin, originally built in the 12th century. Now looked after by English Heritage it is free to visit and can form part of a gentle 3 mile walk from Barnard Castle.
The Witham hosts films, theatre productions and music recitals as well as a gallery for local artists, a Visitor Information Point and an all important cafe. Walks leaflets are available to buy here.
Raby Castle, a few miles from Barnard Castle, is one of the best preserved castles in the north east, telling a story of over 600 years.
In Upper Teesdale Bowlees Vistor Centre is an ideal place to start from to walk to Low Force and High Force. The centre is run by the North Pennines AONB Partnership and offers interpretation about the area, a small gift shop and a cafe. Events for adults and children are also run here. Opening hours are reduced in the winter.
High Force is quite simply spectacular. By volume it is the largest waterfall in England and is a truly impressive site after high rainfall.
Other places of interest can be found on the This is Durham website.