Middleton in Teesdale Tourist Information

Gaining recognition in the early 19th century, Middleton-in-Teesdale prospered due to the presence of the London Lead Company headquarters in the town centre, and remnants of the company’s influence still can be seen in the town’s architecture. With a thriving local community and excellent transport links to the nearby attractions, this idyllic traditional market town in the heart of County Durham is known to many as the gateway to the awe-inspiring scenery in Upper Teesdale, a classified Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The visitor sites in Upper Teesdale are many and varied, with natural, cultural and activity-based attractions to suit everyone. Just minutes from Middleton is the Bowlees Visitor Centre, a great stop for appreciators of wildlife. Set up by the Durham Wildlife Trust, the centre contains informational displays on the natural life and landscapes of scenic Teesdale, and is the perfect base from which to begin a hike. Moor House, one of the nation’s largest nature reserves, is also close by, offering amazing walks through the meadows and fells of the breathtaking Tees Valley.

If dramatic natural landforms are more to your taste, then High Force, a majestic 21-metre-tall waterfall along the River Tees, is definitely worth a trip. Accessed through a superbly maintained woodland walk, this arresting cascade of water is a mere 20 miles from Raby Castle, a towering Medieval fortress with a stunning collection of architecture, artwork and furniture. The castle also comes with an 18th century Coach House showcasing a range of antique carriages, and is surrounded by a wonderful walled garden with many original features.

A variety of outdoor activities are available in Upper Teesdale, including fishing, horse-riding, mountain-biking and even sailing. For larger group activities, the Kingsway Adventure Centre on the edge of Middleton offers residential courses in caving, canoeing, abseiling and other exciting countryside activities that guarantee an exciting, fun-filled holiday for all.

Situated only a few miles from the historic town of Barnard Castle, and with easy access to Durham City, Middleton-in-Teesdale is a great tourist destination for anyone looking to enjoy natural beauty and experience the unique atmosphere of the Northumbrian countryside.

Interesting fact: The local newspaper, the Teesdale Mercury, is England’s last remaining independent newspaper.

Things to see and do around Middleton in Teesdale:

Middleton-in-Teesdale Farmers’ Market (on the last Sunday of the month, every month from April to September)
Barnard Castle
Bowlees Visitor Centre
Eggleston Hall and Gardens
Hannah’s Meadow
High Force
Kingsway Adventure Centre
Raby Castle and Coach House 
Teesdale Sailing Club