Stanhope is one of the largest villages in Weardale, with a useful mix of shops and places to see. The castle is in fact from the C18th though is believed to stand on the site of a Mediaeval building and is now divided into apartments.
The weekly Monday Market, is on all day every Monday from April to October at The Durham Dales Centre, opposite the Castle, which as well as useful toilets has a selection of craft shops and galleries as well as a reasonable cafe.
Nearby Stanhope is an excellent, traditional village with good shops, an arts and crafts gallery and the Dales Information Centre which has a gallery shop and cafe as well a number of small, craft/gift shops to browse. (Peter F)
Its a fairly compact village centre, with a sweet mediaeval church, which has a petrified tree stump built into the wall, this was discovered in one of the local mines.
For those who like a driving challenge there is also a ford (closed Oct 1st – Mar 31st) on the road out of the village on the B6278, with stepping stones if you prefer to walk across instead.
Each year, (since 1834) the Stanhope Show is held on the second weekend in September. This has all the usual agricultural livestock judging for best sheep, ponies and cattle and equestrian events. The show also offers all sorts of country events such as cart driving, a dog show and even geese herding with sheepdogs!
Both days you can take advantage of the usual refreshment tent and hear live music throughout, and see vintage tractors and other farm equipment. The second day even gives you the chance to see the famous Bale Pulling and Wife Carrying contests. A weekend not to be missed!
Shopping in Stanhope
There’s a reasonable selection of shops to cover most needs, and just 4 miles away from Terrace Cottage in Rookhope:
- Coop food store
- Durham Dales Centre – Tourist Information, Gems shop, Craft shops, Café, etc
- Deli and bakery
- Truffles, Chocolate shop
- Lime Tree Gallery