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Tours & Itineraries

These pages are designed to help you to plan your visit. Teesdale offers many attractions and activities and has a variety of routes into and through Teesdale. All itineraries include a detailed route plan with coach parking and access information, drive timings, recommended length of visits at attractions, refreshment stops and notes for in-tour commentary.

Dales on Rails

Discover the railway heritage of the Durham Dales with a choice of four itineraries to download.

Gateways to Teesdale

Our new gateway itineraries show you how to include Teesdale in your route through the north east region. Teesdale is an easy destination to reach from all directions.

Coach at Raby Castle

Newcastle/Gateshead and Durham City

Combine a break in two of the top three city destinations in England (as voted by The Guardian) with a tour of some of England’s most beautiful countryside.

Coach passing through Romaldkirk

Lake District – Penrith & M6 to A1(M)

Teesdale is just a short drive from the Lake District. Easily accessible from the A66 it makes a perfect stopping point for cross-Pennine tours.

Coach at the Bowes Museum

Scotch Corner/Yorkshire Dales

Teesdale is the northernmost of the Yorkshire Dales. The little-known route over ‘The Stang’ Forest to Reeth in Arkengarthdale and Tan Hill, England’s highest pub is an ideal country route for minibuses and people carriers. Coaches will prefer to use the main A1M/A66 access route described here.

Pennines – Hexham and Alston

The northern approach to Teesdale from Alston offers stunning views and easy access to High Force, England’s highest waterfall.

Themed itineraries

Our Pick ‘n’ Mix themed itineraries give you the flexibility to choose which attractions to visit and which themes to follow to suit your schedule and your group’s interests. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need a tailor-made itinerary.

Famous Families

More than half of the land in Teesdale is privately owned. This tour reveals secret corners and explores Teesdale’s links with the Baliol, Barnard, Bowes, Morritt, Neville, Strathmore, Vane families.

Gardens & Geology

Ideal for horticultural societies, garden enthusiasts and nature lovers this tour takes in both wild and cultivated landscapes – and there is an opportunity to buy plants in the old walled gardens and nurseries at Eggleston Hall.

Bridge near Egglestone Abbey

Land of the Three Rivers

The Tees, Tyne and Wear shape the landscape in the North of England. This tour takes in beautiful upper reaches of all three rivers calling in some of the areas prettiest villages.

Roman Remains at Piercebridge

Roman Route

Teesdale was a key point on the Roman route across the Pennines south of Hadrian’s Wall. The A66 follows the original Roman Road. This tour takes in the fort and river crossing at Piercebridge and can be extended to link up with Hadrian’s Wall for history and archaeology enthusiasts – or combined with retail and refreshment opportunities in villages and towns along the way.

Dickens mural at the Morritt

Famous visitors to Teesdale include Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott and artists Cotman and Turner. This tour explores their favourite corners, the places they stayed and the views that inspired them.

Walking tours

Visitors to Raby Castle

Durham County Council Countryside section produces a range of publications about Teesdale which may be ordered on line including

Other Durham County Council publications include:

  • Country Walks in County Durham series – two packs of seven circular walks including Lartington Circular and Cockfield Fell in Teesdale, England’s largest scheduled ancient monument
  • Railway Paths in County Durham – the Tees Rail Way
  • Lead Mining Heritage Walks – Pack of two walks discovering Teesdale’s lead mining landscape
  • Guided walks in County Durham programme

Sculpture Trail

Request a leaflet from Barnard Castle Tourist Information centres [email protected]

Gaunless Valley Heritage Trail

A view of the inside of the Gaunless Valley visitor centre

Series of guided walks leaflets produced by Groundwork West Durham.

The Gaunless Valley Heritage Officer[email protected]  for details of guided walks, literature and opening times of the Gaunless Valley Visitor Centre which is situated at the gateway to the valley and Cockfield Fell, England’s largest scheduled ancient monument.
Gaunless Valley Heritage Officer
Groundwork West Durham, Grosvenor House, 29 Market Place, Bishop Auckland, 
Co Durham, DL14 7NP.  Tel +44 (0)1388 662666  Fax +44 (0)1388 661941.

Tailormade Itineraries

Private hire company S-Class offers bespoke tours in style. This chauffeur-driven fleet of S-Class Mercedes will collect your party (groups up to 9 people) from the airport or ferry