Local Attractions

We are fortunate in being so centrally located for many attractions in the North East and North West of England. We are quarter of an hour from the central Weardale town of Stanhope and the high Pennine villages of Alston, Allendale and Middleton in Teesdale are under a half an hour away. Under an hour will take you to the ancient city of Durham and its World Heritage Cathedral, Bishop Auckland with its new, exciting visitor attractions such as 'Kynren' and the former 'Bishop's Palace' developments, or the ancient market towns of Barnard Castle or Hexham. Less than an hour and a half will take you to Newcastle and its vibrant, unique Quayside developments such as 'The Sage' music centre, the 'Angel of the North' and the 'Millennium Eye' bridge. A little bit longer and you will reach lovely Yorkshire Dales such as Wensleydale. The glories of the Lake District or the Northumberland coast, with Bamburgh Castle and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne are about two hours away, making a day trip quite possible.

Winter sportIf winter sport is your scene - and if we have an adequate covering of snow - the Weardale Ski Club is three miles away up the road behind us.

The Killhope Lead Mining Museum is seven miles from us, telling the history of this once major industry in the Dale, with working waterwheels and an underground mine experience and other attractions on offer.

The South Tynedale Heritage Railway runs from Alston, fifteen miles away, and is England's highest narrow gauge railway, running both diesel and steam engines in the season.

Pennine JourneyThe Wainwright 'Pennine Journey' route, a recently developed long distance walk, passes literally by our door and Westgate is one of the overnight stops. We are very happy to welcome any weary walkers, restore them for the next day's hike and also to pick up and take them - or their luggage - to the 'stops' on either side of us, Middleton in Teesdale and Blanchland. Read more.

The Coast to Coast Cycle Route recently created an alternative route on its journey east, which passes literally at the bottom of our garden.