Walk from Mickleton to Romaldskirk a picturesque village and home to the Rose and Crown, a 18th century Coaching Inn situated next to a Saxon Church. Take a short drive to Cotherstone, where a delightful Dales cheese, has been made since at least 1858, or visit Lartington, in whose hall a family of recusants lived in Civil War times. Take a trip to Eggleston Hall, and pop into the tea rooms and garden centre with its lovely Victorian green houses.
Visit the village of Middleton-in-Teesdale, which in the 19th century was the headquarters of the London Lead Company, and follow the road up to High Force, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Britain. The High Force Hotel has recently been renovated by the Raby Estate, the local landowner, Lord Barnard, whose seat Raby Castle in Staindrop is well worth a visit. After High Force is a stretch of the Pennine Way and the largest juniper wood in England, the grasslands nearby are a botanist’s delight. Not only are they home to Mountain Pansies, Lady’s Mantle and Early Purple Orchids but are the only place in England where you can see the Yves Klein blue flowers of the spring gentian in the wild.
Barnard Castle is the largest town in the area, known for its brilliant antique shops, it is home to a great selection of cafes and shops and a popular farmers market on the cobbles every Wednesday, as well as the first Saturday of the month. It is also the home of the extraordinary Bowes Museum, a purpose-built art gallery finished in 1892, with a nationally renowned collection. Barnard Castle is also the beginning of a great section of the Teesdale Way walk. Beginning at the ruins of Egglestone Abbey, follow the route past Rokeby Park, once the home of the Rokeby Venus by Velázquez, to the Meeting of the Waters, where the River Greta meets the Tees.