Our Weardale holiday cottages are situated high up in the northern Pennines in an area often referred to as the last wilderness in England. The gentle lowland slopes around Wolsingham and Stanhope give way to the higher heather covered moorland areas above, many reaching to over two thousand feet. This bleak and foreboding landscape has a mysterious splendour and the stunning surroundings are reason enough to spend time in Weardale.
Here, the villages in the valley bottom have been shaped by the lead mining industry which was a hive of activity during the boom years. As the road climbs up the dale the impressive Kilhope Lead Mining museum is reached. There is a huge water wheel dominating the site and it is still possible to go down the mine and encounter what life must have been really like for those miners. Driving to the head of Weardale and crossing back over into the catchment area of the Tyne you soon reach Nenthead, the highest village in England and home to the North Pennines Heritage Trust. The history of the area is detailed at the Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre where displays tell the story of the people, places, tools, lifestyle, and legacy of the mining industry.
From Weardale the other Durham Dales are within easy reach. Nearby is Middleton-in-Teesdale, at the heart of the upper Tees valley, a small town with a distinct farming atmosphere - surrounded by pastureland, criss-crossed with drystone walls and a less apparent industrial heritage than Weardale. Just up-river is Cauldron Snout, where the river cuts through the upper fells, forming what is reckoned to be the longest waterfall in England only to cascade a few miles later over the aptly named High Force.
So why not take a look at our selection of Weardale holiday cottages and see what catches your eye?
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