About Us

About Us

About us

The Weardale Visitor Network is a voluntary partnership comprising businesses in the area who support and promote tourism. We actively promote Weardale as a destination for visitors, primarily through our webpage ‘Discover Weardale’ : on which members of the organisation have a profile with links to their own webpage. At present we have over 40 members representing accommodation providers, retailers and attractions catering to the visitors to our lovely Dale. Most of the accommodation is situated in and around Weardale, but we have included attractions further afield as these are places people visiting the Dale will want to see.

This framework for the website has been produced by Digital Energy, Leeds and paid for by the collection of subscriptions from Network members over the last few years. The content has been compiled by volunteer members.

We also have two Facebook pages – ‘Discover Weardale’ which we have developed to promote our businesses and special events to both residents and visitors as a key place to showcase what is happening in the Dale and which has over 2,000 members, plus ‘WVN Member Forum’ which is for our members and where we publicise changes to legislation and other information relevant to the tourism industry.

New members are always welcome, please do contact us if you have a business that is related to tourism and are interested in joining a supportive Network that is keen to promote our lovely area to potential visitors. We have input at our meetings from partners such as Visit County Durham, the North Pennines National Landscape and the Weardale Area Action Partnership. The annual membership is currently only £35 and will run until the end of March each year. Members are kept up to date with minutes from the meetings and tourism-related developments in the area.

Our Images

This website promotes the amazing tourism businesses dedicated to welcoming and looking after visitors to the fascinating area around the Weardale area.

The area has a fantastic photographic potential and we have used a variety of images throughout this site and we thank all the photographers, accordingly and have credited them where appropriate.

Our Members upload photos for their own listing pages. The Copyright remains with each listing owner so images should not be reproduced without their permission.

We have also featured many pictures from Phil Andrews. We are most grateful to Phil for his generosity in allowing us to use his photographs; please be aware that the copyright remains Phil’s and no pictures should be copied from this site without permission.

Our Businesses


Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Bowlees Visitor Centre, Newbiggin

High Force Waterfall, Forest-in-Teesdale

Killhope Leadmining Museum, Killhope

Kynren, Bishop Auckland

Locomotion, Shildon

Raby Castle, Staindrop

The Auckland Project, Bishop Auckland

Weardale Adventures, Ireshopeburn

Weardale Museum, Ireshopeburn

Weardale Railway


14 Meadhope, Stanhope

Alder Cottage, Frosterley

Belle View Cottage, Bollihope

Black Dog House, Westgate

Bonners Lodge B&B and Caravan Park, Waskerley

Bradley Burn Holiday Cottages, Wolsingham

Carrs Cottage, Westgate

Chestergarth B&B, Rookhope

Country Glamping A68, Toft Hill

Cromer House, Frosterley

Dowfold House B&B, Crook

Gardenside Lodge, Low Etherley

Heath Holiday Cottages, Hunstanworth

High Watch, the Byre, Lanehead

Horsley Hall, Eastgate

Little Sparrow Cottage, St John’s Chapel

Low Cornriggs Cottages, Cowshill

Mini Moon Escapes, Rookhope

Park Head Hotel, Bishop Auckland

Riverwood Cottage, Stanhope

The Croft, Stanhope

The Old Barn, Westgate

The Paddock Touring Park, Wolsingham

The Victoria Inn, Witton-le-Wear

Weardale Cottage, St John’s Chapel

Weardale Retreat, Frosterley

Food and Drink

A68 Cafe, Toft Hill

Bowes Museum Cafe, Barnard Castle

Bowlees Visitor Centre Cafe, Newbiggin

Bradley Burn Farm Cafe, Wolsingham

El Castillo, Bishop Auckland

High Force Hotel, Forest-in-Teesdale

Killhope Lead Mining Museum 1853 Cafe, Killhope

Park Head Hotel, Bishop Auckland

The Victoria Inn, Witton-le-Wear

The Yurt Cafe, Raby Castle

Weardale Cheese


Evancliffe Leathercraft, Wolsingham

North Pennine Studios, Ireshopeburn

Weardale Adventures and Watersports, Ireshopeburn


North Pennines National Landscape

Visit County Durham

Weardale Area Action Partnership