Middleton is a fair distance over the moors into Teesdale. The route is either via the B6278 from Stanhope and Eggleston or a small unclassified road south from Westgate. Its worth a visit though, particularly if you want to take in High Force furtherup Teesdale beyond Newbiggin.

High Force

High Force in Teesdale

Its a small town which like many others in the area has Leadmining in its past, and was the HQ of the London Lead Co in the 19th Century. There are several decent pubs and cafés in the village which has an active development trust; the Teesdale Hotel offers a very interesting menu.

Nearby, apart from the Low and High Force waterfalls which are very impressive after rainfall, there is the Bowlees Visitor Centre and Eggleston Hall Gardens which are both worth a  visit.

To make a day of a trip here, you can also take the road to Barnard Castle and on to Staindrop and the spectacular Raby Castle, before heading back to Weardale.

Farmers Market is held here each month – the first in 2014 on 26th January, then the last Sunday of every month. Its always worth a trip to look out for some very special locally produced meat, vegetables, bread and chutneys. There’s usually some great food cooking as well, so makes for a fun day out.


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