Local Area Information

The local village of Frosterley 2 miles away has a small art gallery, fish and chip shop and a Co-op. The villages of Stanhope and Wolsingham are about 5 miles away, and have a few more shops including butchers, cafes, pubs and restaurants.


All post codes and distances are approximate. Please check current opening hours on the webpages. 

There some very useful sites to help you find the natural beauty of this area: https://www.northpennines.org.uk/visit-explore/ - containing information on the buildings, geology, hay meadows, industrial heritage, reservoirs, wildlife etc of the North Pennine area.

www.discoverweardale.com for events, festivals, dining, heritage in Weardale and www.thisisdurham.com .

There are also some useful leaflets in the cottage to guide you to mining heritage sites, where and when to see wildlife and stargazing.


There is a lovely walk down the river from the cottage taking in lime kilns and the Forgotten Quarry. 

Weardale is an official Dark Skies Area and there are a number of sites where you can park and see unpolluted night skies (sadly, for health and safety reasons Durham Council insist we have streetlights!).

See : www.stargazingnorthpennines.org.uk

There are also social media channels: Facebook for events; North Pennines AONB Partnership

Stellarium https://stellarium.org/en/ - open source planetarium programme and mobile app

www.heavens-above.com - satellite prediction and other astronomical data customised for your location.

Mobile apps: Sky Safari; Google Skymap; Meteor Shower Calendar; ISS Detector; ISS Spotter, Aurora Alert

FROSTERLEY 2 miles / 5 minutes

The nearest village to the cottage, small Co-op with post office and ATM, The Frosterley Inn, fish and chip shop, art gallery, railway station. See the examples of Frosterley marble in the small car park by the village hall and on the station platform!

STANHOPE 5 miles / 12 minutes

St Thomas’ Church with a stone fossil tree in the churchyard

Durham Dales Centre – parking, local craft shops, tea room, gift shop

Co-op (with ATM), fish and chip shop, butcher, baker, cafés, pizza takeaway, Indian takeaway, pubs (Bonny Moorhen, Grey Bull and The Packhorse Inn). Health Centre and chemist. Vets. Cash machine, 

Heritage railway (seasonal) with a cafe on the platform.

Waskerley Reservoir – turn up by the Grey Bull pub on the outskirts of Stanhope. The road (Crawleyside Bank) is very steep and takes you up onto the moor. There’s a parking space just past the cattle grid on the moor which is a good spot to start a walk – up to Collier Law or over to Crawley Edge and Ashes Quarry.

Carry on the road, and you will reach Waskerley Way cycle trail, Park Head station tearoom (open Fri-Sun) and parking for the trail, or carry on (don’t turn off towards Blanchland) then turn right towards Castleside/Consett. On the right there’s a car park signed – you can park there or go further down to the reservoir itself.

WOLSINGHAM 6 miles / 13 minutes

Cafés, pubs (Bay Horse, Black Bull and Black Lion), butchers, chemist, bakery and cafe, Italian restaurant, Chinese takeaway, library (Monday, Friday and Saturday morning), sports hall, swimming pool and gym (Leazes Lane). There is a Spar shop and petrol station on the way out of the village.

There’s a lovely, small reservoir to walk around at Tunstall – signed just as you enter Wolsingham from Frosterley just past the school. Toilet, parking, with a nature reserve at the far end to view birdlife.

Wolsingham Wayfarers are an active walking group and have produced a number of walks leaflets, which are in this folder. Most start from Wolsingham, which is a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ village.

WESTGATE and ST JOHN’S CHAPEL Typical Weardale villages.

One of our favourite walks is through Slitt Woods, then to the mine workings and over the moors (about 4 miles).  The walk starts from the layby in Westgate opposite the caravan park. In late October/early November you may see sea trout leaping as they try to return to their spawning grounds – look for them when you first reach the river, just past Weeds and before you cross the footbridge.

WEARDALE MUSEUM AND HIGH HOUSE CHAPEL, Irehopeburn DL13 1HD 13 miles / 25 minutes (seasonal opening 29 May-1 October, plus Easter holidays, run by volunteers) Admission charge, parking behind the chapel. https://weardalemuseum.org.uk The oldest purpose built Methodist Chapel.

WEARDALE ADVENTURE CENTRE, Front Street, Ireshopeburn DL13 1HB 13 miles/ 25 minutes

Activities for ages 8+ canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, gorge walking, underground exploration

www.weardaleadventurecentre.co.uk 01388 537387

CROOK offers a range of shops, including Lidl, Aldi, pizza, Chinese and Indian takeaways. Also the Copper Mine pub is just out of the village and offers a lovely range of food and is dog friendly.

NENTHEAD LEADMINE CA9 3NR 20 miles / 40 minutes

(Limited opening, private tours organised in advance). https://www.nentheadmines.com/

Lowson Robinson, an ex coal miner, has constructed miniature famous and local landmarks in stone for visitors to view in his garden in the village. He doesn’t charge, but asks either that you buy something from the local shop or if you want to donate, he will accept donations for the Air Ambulance.


Museum and mine tours, café. Bring your wellies for the underground tour.  Admission free. https://killhope.org.uk/