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Bowlees Visitor Centre

Bowlees | Middleton in Teesdale, Barnard Castle DL12 0XE, England
+44 1833 622145
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Lovely little find

Plenty of parking (you make a donation!!) in very tranquil setting away from the main road. Really... read more

Reviewed July 31, 2017
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Interesting visitor centre in a delightful area

We first enjoyed a walk beside the river up to a cave. Good footpaths and information boards about... read more

Reviewed July 11, 2017
Mrs Ann Valerie A
Batley, United Kingdom
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Acres of accessible countryside, miles of quiet rural roads, an abundance of wildlife and one of the best places in the UK to enjoy the night sky are just some of the reasons why you should make the North Pennines AONB a place to discover and explore. Situated amidst stunning woodland in Teesdale, next to Low and High Force waterfalls, and surrounded by rolling fields boasting some of the best hay meadows in England, Bowlees Visitor Centre has all you need to make your visit to the North Pennines a memorable one. Outdoor enthusiasts can make the most of the vast expanse of unspoilt land and sky by exploring on foot or wheels, or by simply sitting back and soaking up the scenery. We have booklets for self-guided walks, bike rides and nature-spotting, so you can explore at your leisure. At Bowlees Visitor Centre, children can get to grips with nature through a range of hands-on events - inside and out - that focus on learning, living and most importantly, laughing.
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Bowlees | Middleton in Teesdale, Barnard Castle DL12 0XE, England
+44 1833 622145
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Reviewed July 31, 2017

Plenty of parking (you make a donation!!) in very tranquil setting away from the main road. Really friendly cafe with a good selection of home made cakes and snacks which where of the highest quality. All served with a friendly smile. Really interesting building with...More

Thank monkeyhan
Reviewed July 11, 2017

We first enjoyed a walk beside the river up to a cave. Good footpaths and information boards about birds, plants etc Then on our return we called in at the visitor centre, an old chapel, very well restored. Good refreshments. Altogether a pleasing visit

Thank Mrs Ann Valerie A
Reviewed July 11, 2017

Good starting point for several good walks. At the end of the walk a good place to finish with a cup of tea/coffee and some excellent food.

Thank Julie C
Reviewed July 6, 2017

Shaded by trees with a beck running through, not too far from Low Force, Bowlees is great free parking for walkers and picnic spot for trippers. Centre is not always open but car park is.

Thank JRMaddog
Reviewed June 26, 2017

Excellent coffee, cakes, and light lunches at this friendly and civilised converted chapel in the heart of the beautiful Teesdale woods. Lots of local wildlife info too, and clean loos, plus ample parking. The welcoming staff are a delight, and the chapel itself has been...More

Thank BusinessBrit
Reviewed June 7, 2017 via mobile

What a great little place this is - in the middle of the Teesdale countryside offering a warm welcome, a lovely place to sit after a long walk, food to regenerate those energy levels and 'facilities' for that bathroom break you've desperately been seeking for...More

1  Thank Ian S
Reviewed May 21, 2017

Having walked from High Force to Low Force the rain came. Luckily on the advice of a dog walker we found the chapel and there we warmed up on a delicious coffee and some hot food for which we were most grateful. We received excellent...More

Thank Beezneez2
Reviewed May 21, 2017 via mobile

This centre doubles as a delightful friendly cafe. There is also a number of bird feeders where we saw lots of siskins. Nice coffee and outstanding selection of cake. Friendly staff happy to chat if they are not busy. We walked to Low force and...More

Thank Chris R
Reviewed May 17, 2017

We called in the visitor center before going to the Low Force waterfall and was given a warm welcome and the information that we needed. We had a lovely latte before setting off on our walk, we then called in on the way back to...More

Thank VickyandNigel H
Reviewed May 10, 2017

After a beautiful short walk to Gibson's Cave, you must visit this centre! It provides excellent coffee, delicious cakes and a good stock of maps, guides and souvenirs. Another attraction is watching the numerous species of birds on the many feeders, alongside the picnic tables.

Thank v_marcinkiewicz
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October 19, 2016|
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Response from NorthPenninesAONB | Property representative |
Hi, We do serve lunches in the café. We are currently open weekends only but will close on 11th December. We will re-open seven days a week from 18th February 2017
January 26, 2016|
Response from NorthPenninesAONB | Property representative |
It's a 10 minute walk (depending on how fast you walk) to Low Force waterfall and the Wynch Bridge over the River Tees. It's possible also to walk along the Pennine Way to High Force (c. 1.5 miles). The walk to Gibson's Cave... More