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Bowlees Visitor Centre

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Favourite coffee shop!

Lovely tasty home made food here. So good we had to come back the next day for more... read more

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Day out with Grandchildren

There is some great things to do with your young family here a muddy kitchen , some old pallets and... read more

Reviewed 9 December 2018
Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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Acres of accessible countryside, miles of quiet rural roads, an abundance of wildlife and one of the best places in the UK to enjoy the night sky are just some of the reasons why you should make the North Pennines AONB a place to discover and...more
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Bowlees | Middleton in Teesdale, Barnard Castle DL12 0XE, England
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All reviews cake low force car park starting point circular walk local walks log burner menu includes bird feeders pot of tea great place to park delightful walk home made bacon sandwich scones well worth a visit nice coffee
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Reviewed yesterday

Lovely tasty home made food here. So good we had to come back the next day for more! Knowledgeable, helpful staff, beautiful walks nearby for all abilities. An essential part of anyone's visit to Teesedale

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

There is some great things to do with your young family here a muddy kitchen , some old pallets and sink that looks like a kitchen all built at toddler height some old pots and pans and a stream close by for a 3 year...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank vwpolomk3
Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

Been here many times over the last few years usually after a stunning walk along the river tees to high force and back. Great location with good food served by nice people.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Dream12057952982
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

We visited twice on a recent holiday to Teesdale, with our 2 grandchildren. Both times the cafe was excellent and good for children. The river proved popular with the children despite the temperature. Plenty more to see Well worth a visit. You can easily walk...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank John T
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Excellent scrummy chocolate cake and hot chocolate by the lovely warm wood burning stove. Lovely friendly staff! Will be back soon!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Joseph H
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

We called there for tea after a long walk. Very nice staff, good tea shop and interesting place with visual information. Very clean. Car park was good and well signed and lots of things for kids to do including a woodland kitchen which my grandkids...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JulietNorthYorkshire
Reviewed 17 October 2018

We did the walk to the Low Force and High Force both which where truly amazing and so breathtakingly beautiful. We then ended up at the visitors centre for some essential refreshments. We wanted soup, but that was unfortunately sold out so we had toasted...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TheOuchPoucher
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Visitor centre worth a visit , staff are very helpful and just amazingly friendly ( take the time to help and will give you a free map ) . We called in today , looking to walk to low force 5hen up t high force...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Durhamfamily2013
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

We popped to Bowlees on the way from Barnard Castle. It's awhile since we were last there, the smell of the toilets hasn't changed for the better but everything else has. The parking is on a donate and stay basis, the visitors center is nice,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bubblefish77
Reviewed 7 October 2018

This is a flat, gentle walk along the side of a river to see lovely waterfalls. Great view of the different rock strata at Gibson's Cave. Decent car park. Good soup at the visitor centre, served by friendly staff.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DurhamSightseers
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19 October 2016|
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Response from NorthPenninesAONB | Property representative |
Hi, We do serve lunches in the café. We are currently open weekends only but will close on 11th December. We will re-open seven days a week from 18th February 2017
26 January 2016|
Response from NorthPenninesAONB | Property representative |
It's a 10 minute walk (depending on how fast you walk) to Low Force waterfall and the Wynch Bridge over the River Tees. It's possible also to walk along the Pennine Way to High Force (c. 1.5 miles). The walk to Gibson's Cave... More