The local landscape around Barnard Castle has inspired artists and writers such as Charles Dickens and Sir Walter Scott and the painters John Sell Cotman and J M W Turner and continues to inspire today. The magnificent long-distance Teesdale Way runs through the heart of the area. There are also many different routes to walk locally, some of which are described in a series of illustrated walks leaflets, with clear directions and outline maps. These include Barnard Castle to Cotherstone, Barnard Castle to Egglestone Abbey and two circular walks through Flatts Wood. Others are in development, including the “yards” or alleyways of Barnard Castle itself. Many of our footpaths have been significantly improved recently, with new signposts and gates replacing stiles, so walking them couldn’t be easier.

In the town, there are plenty of places to eat, shop, and stay and it is already a popular destination with tourists and walkers particularly. There is a good mix of independent retailers, artists’ studios, restaurants, pubs and B&Bs. There are also key local sites of interest to visit, including the ruins of the12th century castle, Egglestone Abbey, The Bowes Museum, Raby Castle, Rokeby Park and The Witham community arts centre. Upper Teesdale is a beautiful and genuinely remote landscape with extensive peat moorlands and precious hay meadows. It is a haven for wildlife and has an important national nature reserve, which is home to the internationally recognised and unique Teesdale Assemblage of rare wildflowers.

Two walking booklets are available to buy from The Witham visitor centre, along with some self-guided leaflets for walks accessible from Barnard Castle itself at 75p each. Please have a look ……. and get walking!

Walk 1 – Barnard Castle & Abbey Bridge circular (3.5 miles)
Walk 2 – Abbey Bridge & Whorlton circular (5miles)
Walk 3 – Barnard Castle & Lartington circular (5 miles)
Walk 4 – Barnard Castle to Cotherstone (4 miles)
Walk 5 – Cotherstone to Barnard Castle (4 miles)
Walk 13 – Barnard Castle and Stainton circular (5.5 miles)
Walk 14 – The Nabb Bridge Walk Barnard Castle West circular (10.5 miles)

Plus – Flatts Wood & Percy Beck (Route 1 – 0.7 miles; Route 2 – 1 mile)