Bowlees Visitor Centre

Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle: Hours, Address, Bowlees Visitor Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Bowlees Visitor Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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 explore. Situated amidst stunning woodland in Teesdale, next to Low and High Force waterfalls, and surrounded by rolling fields boasting some of the best hay meadows in England, Bowlees Visitor Centre has all you need to make your visit to the North Pennines a memorable one. Outdoor enthusiasts can make the most of the vast expanse of unspoilt land and sky by exploring on foot or wheels, or by simply sitting back and soaking up the scenery. We have booklets for self-guided walks, bike rides and nature-spotting, so you can explore at your leisure. At Bowlees Visitor Centre, children can get to grips with nature through a range of hands-on events - inside and out - that focus on learning, living and most importantly, laughing.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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NotColin
Warwickshire, UK120 contributions
Park here for High Force and Low Force
Jul 2021
Ideal parking for the walk up from Low Force to High Force. But the centre is worth visiting in its own right. Learned a few interesting things about the area beforehand an followed up with Ice Cream after the walk.
Written 18 July 2021
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LesleyAnn
Newcastle167 contributions
Great location
May 2021 • Friends
Visited the waterfalls. Lovely walk. Great picnic spots. Car park is donation.
Called in at the gift shop and cafe. Coffee and cake very nice. Bought a couple of things from the gift shop. Lady was lovely in there.

Great gardens.

Can walk over the road to low force and more walks.

Really nice for a few hours.
Written 5 June 2021
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juliaandadam123
Ashford, UK1,386 contributions
Rude staff member put a dampener on our day
Apr 2021 • Family
Thé centre itself is very bland, with not much in there explaining about the local area, however their is a little gift shop and cafe.
The lady in the gift shop was a pleasant soul and very welcoming.
Unfortunately the same could not be said about the cafe. One member of staff, if not raising her voice with the staff was moaning at customers. It made us feel very uncomfortable, especially when she was telling a lot of customers off for not socially distancing far enough, but her and her team were all walking around without masks on? She even stood well within 2m of one family to explain about distancing and how far they should be, without her mask on? It really put a dampener on the day and would put me off recommend friends visit the cafe.
Written 1 June 2021
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frank bennet
Darlington, UK3 contributions
Stopped for lunch, average
Aug 2020
I just felt it was nothing special for such a beautiful building and location, expected more. Plus the toiled was really dirty..
Written 23 February 2021
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Dr_Waugh
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK6,145 contributions
Low force visit
Dec 2020 • Family
After visiting the Lake District a few months ago and visiting lots of waterfalls we found out that we were living close to the highest (high force) and longest (cauldron about) waterfalls in England. We decided a visit was a must.

We parked up at Bowlees visitor centre car park and made a donation. Then we took the short walk to the falls and explored for a while. Others parked on the road just after Bowlees to save making a donation, but I would t recommend it if you have children or pets as you open your car door onto a national speed limit road. Far safer in a proper car park and walking about 2 more minutes.

The falls are lovely and we enjoyed exploring them. We also had a look at Summmerhill waterfall before moving onto high force.

We didn’t get to go in the centre as it was closed during our visit. But we did use the car park, toilets and information boards to enhance our visit.
Written 31 December 2020
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Gillian C
Wrotham, null, United Kingdom10 contributions
Friendly and accessible
Sep 2020 • Couples
Very friendly lady in ticket office who seemed very pleased we offered to pay for the car parking although we did not use the car park
Great use of old cgurch
Written 5 September 2020
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Hannah C
7 contributions
Lovely walk with the family
Aug 2020 • Family
Great place to visit, I definitely recommend doing the short walk to SummerHill Force and Gibson's cave then onto Low force, so lovely! Parking is donate and display!
Written 27 August 2020
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Emma
Manchester, UK1,011 contributions
High force and low force
Jul 2020 • Family
This is the visitor centre you should park at to do the high force and low force waterfalls walk. The lady behind the desk was helpful and informative, there was also a gallery, toilets, cafe and gift shop. All were being operated COVID safe.
Written 31 July 2020
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Charlotte Jam
Salfords, UK441 contributions
Beautiful scenery
Jul 2020 • Couples
Visited here with my husband and two dogs to do the three waterfalls walk. The car park is big and, although busy on a sunny Saturday, it still wasn't a problem to park. The toilets onsite are closed, assuming this is due to Covid 19. The visitor centre has one electric vehicle charging space however this was already taken so we were unable to use it unfortunately.
Written 26 July 2020
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Markofltc
251 contributions
Nice venue
Mar 2020 • Couples
Stopped here for a walk with the dog and a look at low force. In the past we have stopped at high force and paid to park and then paid to walk to the falls and then got a fine of £60 for not paying to park when we had handed our parking voucher in at the high force hotel for £3 off our good bill. The car park here is a donation payment that supports what is here . Coffee shop is in a converted church and they have a small but adequate menu for a brunch , light lunch or just a cake and coffee. Coffee was very good, soup was an unusual combination of courgette, potato and cheddar which was very nice albeit there was a spicy ness to it that I wasn’t expecting. Toilets are outside , basic but Vidal and tidy. Great stop off for a walk and dogs welcome which is always a bonus.
Written 18 March 2020
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