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“Worth a visit”

Bowlees Visitor Centre
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

Do go and visit. It has just been done up and they are trying to make ends meet. The food at lunch time was very good.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank Sue C
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English first
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38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“High Force Starting Point”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

A good place to start your walk or just visit for a look round.
Car park and toilets are always a plus. Friendly staff with things to sell and information on the area.
A nice cafe to enjoy a drink and snack too. Nice renovated building.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank WendyH332
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Selby, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Gem of a Tea shop”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

very friendly and helpful staff.
excellent range of leaflets and maps
free wifi
good selection of meals, cakes and drinks
a short walk to low force waterfall

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Appymate
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Just the job”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Top notch grub and service in the Café ,surrounded by fabulous scenery what ever time of the year , check it out for yourself , you wont be disappointed.........

Visited January 2014
1 Thank Glancey1
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Do support this visitors centre”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

The visitors centre was unfortunately a victim of financial cuts. This year it has re-opened, and I understand this is due to a group of volunteers. A big thank you for this! Teesdale is beautiful but also has a great deal of history and geological and botanical interest. There is a lot of information about this in the centre. Wynch Bridge and Low Force has to be one of the most pictoresque places in the UK, just over the road from the visitors centre. We walked up the old miners' road to Dirt Pit, (a strange sounding name for a farm hamlet) and across the fields to High Force Hotel for a hearty bar lunch. Back via a riverside path along the Tees. A lovely walk, the first part follows in the footsteps of the lead miners in the 18th century.. What a hard life they had, I am sure they hadnt time to enjoy the wonderful views. Chose a day with good weather! There are other very pleasant walks of various lengths from the vistors centre.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank Robeli188590
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