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20 Things To Do

If you’re staying at The Morritt during our 20th year, make time to explore some of the outstanding countryside and attractions right here on our doorstep. We’ve chosen our 20 favourite things to do and see in Teesdale and the Durham Dales. And all are within 20 miles of The Morritt!

1. North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

If it’s stunning landscape you seek, look no further than the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). As well as incorporating Teesdale – The Morritt’s own dale – the North Pennines AONB covers Allen Valleys, Alston and the Cumbrian North Pennines, Blanchland and the Upper Derwent and Weardale.Website

Distance from The Morritt: Right here! 

2. Rokeby Hall and Park

The 18th century Palladian-style house and gardens are so close to the The Morritt it would be a shame to miss them! Limited opening. Please check the website for the latest details. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 1 mile

3. Egglestone Abbey

This ruined monastery looks stunning in the late evening sun and is a short drive or walk from The Morritt. Set above a bend in the River Tees, and close to the “meeting of the waters” where the River Tees and River Greta meet, the remains include a range of fascinating buildings.

Distance from The Morritt: 2 miles

4. The Bowes Museum

Built in the style of a magnificent French chateau, The Bowes Museum is one of the most amazing sights you’ll see in our little market town! The iconic museum houses an extensive permanent collection of artwork by Canaletto, El Greco, Courbet and Turner, and special exhibitions change regularly. Make sure you’re there at 2pm to see Silver Swan – a fabulous 18th century musical automaton. Website

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Distance from The Morritt: 3 miles

5. Barnard Castle

The ruined castle is set on high rocks and overlooks the dramatic River Tees in the market town of Barnard Castle, also known as “Barney.” Once belonging to Richard III who had strong links with the area, the castle has his boar emblem carved above one of its windows.Website

Distance from The Morritt: 4 miles

6. Golf

There are a number of stunning golf courses in the area, the closest is Barnard Castle Golf Club which is a picturesque parkland course high above the River Tees with fine views. The course offers a par 73 challenge and visitors are welcome. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 5 miles

7. Bowes Castle

Bowes Castle was Henry II’s 12th century keep. The ruins are set within the site of a Roman fort that guarded the Stainmore Pass over the Pennines.

Distance from The Morritt: 6 miles

8. 4x4 Offroad Driving

Experience the full potential of a 4x4 at Deepdale Offroad. Whether you’re a first timer, a 4x4 owner or just want a great day out, Deepdale will get you to pit your skills against the varied conditions of their off road site. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 6 miles

9. Raby Castle

One of our favourite attractions, Raby Castle was built by the Nevilles in the 14th century and has been home to Lord Barnard’s family since 1626. The castle is extremely well preserved with elaborate architecture and stunning artwork. The extensive gardens and deer park make it a great day out. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 9 miles

10. Horse Riding

Enjoy a lesson or a hack with experienced instructors in beautiful nearby North Yorkshire. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 11 miles

11. Eggleston Hall Gardens

Four acres of gardens with winding paths, stunning views and moorland stream, the nursery gardens at Egglestone Hall hark back to the Victorian age of plant collectors. To get there from The Morritt, you travel through picturesque Teesdale villages including Cotherstone and Romaldkirk. Limited opening times. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 11 miles 

12. Middleton-in-Teesdale

The picturesque town of Middleton-in-Teesdale contains quirky shops, a number of tearooms and cafes, and several pubs. It’s an ideal place to start your exploration of Upper Teesdale’s dramatic and wild landscape. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 14 miles

13. Falconry

Experience stunning birds of prey close up in a professional, friendly and informative experience. You’ll have chance to fly and get hands on with hawks and owls, and see spectacular falcons in action. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 14 miles

14. Canoeing

The River Tees has something to offer all levels of canoeist – from beginner level to grade IV rapids. The Kingsway Adventure Centre in Middleton-in-Teesdale can provide more information about river permits. The centre also offers a wide range of other outdoor activities. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 15 miles

15. Grouse Shooting

Teesdale’s dramatic moors have some of the best grouse shooting in the UK and The Morritt is the ideal base for shooting parties. Shooting rights are managed by the Barningham Moor, Lartington Hall, Raby, Rokeby, and Strathmore estates. To arrange a shooting party, please contact us directly on 01833 627 232.

Distance from The Morritt: 15 miles (approx.)

16. Hamsterley Forest

Threaded with footpaths, cycle tracks and horse riding trails, Hamsterley Forest covers 2,000 hectares of mixed woodland and is a peaceful oasis of tranquility. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 18 miles

17. Bowlees Visitor Centre

The centre is set among peaceful, unspoilt landscape with something for everyone. It's the perfect base to explore Low Force and High Force and walk part of the Pennine Way. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 18 miles

18. High Force and Low Force

High Force is a spectacular force of nature and the highest waterfall in England. For a lovely walk by the River Tees, start at the Bowlees Visitor Centre and walk across to Low Force before continuing along the river to High Force. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 19 miles

19. Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Shildon was home to the first ever steam-powered passenger train at the opening ceremony of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825, and when the museum was built in 2004 was the location of the first national museum opened in the North East in 2004. The museum houses a fascinating collection of more than 70 rail vehicles from the national collection. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 19 miles

20. Auckland Castle and Deer Park

Auckland Castle has been the country palace of Prince Bishops for more than 900 years. The state rooms include portraits of Bishops past and paintings by Francisco de Zurbaran. The 18th century deer park is home to mature trees, winding paths and a Gothic deer house. An ideal place to stroll around and discover how Bishops lived in times past. Website

Distance from The Morritt: 20 miles

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