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“A damp day in the Dales”

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
Durham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A damp day in the Dales”
Reviewed June 2, 2014

My wife and I decided to take a walk from the visitor centre, in April. A coffee to set us on our way was very enjoyable. Sadly the weather didn't make the trip as nice as we had hoped. Rain closed in and our trip to High Force was cut short and forced a return to the car.
The visitor centre is well presented and offers a good range of food. It also provides useful information for first time visitors.

Visited April 2014
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1 Thank JohnDJ79
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Preston, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lovely conversion of an old building”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

Good starting place for Low and High Force waterfalls, free entry, cafe, information point. Lovely conversion of an old building, car park on site. Good food in the cafe.

Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Mark B
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Stratford upon Avon, England
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A real High and no Lows!”
Reviewed May 24, 2014

Excellent place to start and finish a delightful walk to see charming waterfalls. The parking was a little distance from the centre but gave access to a river walk with waterfall and cavern we might have missed otherwise. It was certainly the best place to access the walk from Low to High Force.
Good range of food and drinks and both inside and outside seating.

Visited May 2014
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3 Thank Traveller-in-joy
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Leeds
Level 3 Contributor
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
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2 Thank Sue C
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Scunthoror
Level 4 Contributor
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
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1 Thank WendyH332
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