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Bowlees Visitor Centre

Bowlees | Middleton in Teesdale, Barnard Castle DL12 0XE, England
+44 1833 622145
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Take a few hours to experience all of this site - a gem for the area

Stopped for afternoon tea in the Bowlees centre, managed by North Pennines Area of Outstanding... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2017
Totalpost
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Alston
Average visitor centre in a lovely location.

Bowlees Visitor Centre is in a lovely woodland location and would no doubt be a great place to... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2017
johnhouston2
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Knaresborough, 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 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.
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Bowlees | Middleton in Teesdale, Barnard Castle DL12 0XE, England
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Reviewed 3 December 2017

Stopped for afternoon tea in the Bowlees centre, managed by North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and immensely surprised and happy with the quality of food, staff and surroundings. Even though the place was closing in 30 minutes or so we were made very...More

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

Bowlees Visitor Centre is in a lovely woodland location and would no doubt be a great place to visit in spring or summer. On a cold, wet afternoon however, the visitor centre itself takes centre stage and doesn't really offer that much. It is, in...More

Thank johnhouston2
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Great day out at Low Force. The pennine way follows the Tees up the south side of the river. So it was great to walk up it and view the river and water falls. Great Setting.

Thank Peter K
NorthPenninesAONB, Manager at Bowlees Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your day out

Reviewed 31 October 2017

This visitor centre has been recently been refurbished and it is a good place to park when exploring the surrounding countryside as well as a offering a good selection of food and drink. Behind the centre are several waterfalls and a river all in a...More

Thank pjags
NorthPenninesAONB, Manager at Bowlees Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Thanks for such a great review.

Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Always a pleasure coming for a visit to bowlees . Been here loads of times today was just as a passed through .

Thank balddaniels
NorthPenninesAONB, Manager at Bowlees Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

It's good to hear that you return to visit us. Come and say hello next time you're in.

Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

We parked here to do the 4 mile walk across to High Force and back down Teesdale to Low Force. The walk was beautiful. Gentle climb to the top of the hill, then a rolling walk to the High Force hotel and down to the...More

Thank Jenny S
NorthPenninesAONB, Manager at Bowlees Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thanks for your feedback. It's good to hear you enjoyed your visit. I'll pass your comments on to the café

Reviewed 21 October 2017

An excellent place to visit, with friendly staff and a great café serving gluten free quiche and desserts and a big pot of tea. The falls are a very short walk away from the visitor centre and are a must visit. A really lovely place...More

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NorthPenninesAONB, Manager at Bowlees Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

It's good to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Bowlees and the surrounding area.

Reviewed 21 October 2017

The day was wet and dismal but we decided on out walk along the beautiful Tees to call in for a light lunch. This proved to be a lovely experience with delicious soup, hot cheese scones to die for (And they told us how they...More

1  Thank Mike P
NorthPenninesAONB, Manager at Bowlees Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thanks for the positive feedback. I'll certainly pass your comments on to the café.

Reviewed 12 October 2017

Small visitor centre with lovely little cafe and car parking, ideal for walks to low force and onwards to high force waterfalls or in the opposite direction a stroll through the wooded gorge to Gibson's cave and Summergill force.

1  Thank alan c
NorthPenninesAONB, Manager at Bowlees Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Great review! Thank you. We'll hope to see you again soon

Reviewed 6 October 2017

Parking is a donation only., but you get 50p off purchase in gifts shop/ cafe.. We called in cafe first. Had 2 bits if cake, one a violet and raspberry, very nice, and cuppas, locally made coffee.Not a massive range of food however, but enough....More

1  Thank alisdair t
NorthPenninesAONB, Manager at Bowlees Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

It's good to hear you enjoyed your visit. I'll pass on your comments about the cake and cuppas to the cafe

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jnjpaul
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
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111maureen
26 January 2016|
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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
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