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A picturesque village hidden in the Pennine hills

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The nearby River Tees

Located close to the wooded banks of the rivers Tees and Balder, Cotherstone is a picture-perfect village ideal for exploring Teesdale and the North Pennines.

Found on the eastern edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cotherstone is a perfect base for those wanting to experience the great outdoors. Its setting in Teesdale means you are instantly surrounded by scenic valleys. The North Pennines are home to a variety of unforgettable landscapes, from tumbling waterfalls to open heathland, so don’t leave your camera behind. The challenge of the 267-mile-long Pennine Way should be enough for any serious walker, while there’s also some wonderful birds and wildlife to spot along the way. It’s also one of the best places in the UK for stargazing, thanks to its remarkably clear skies.

Nearby High Force, England's tallest waterfall

There’s plenty of walks to be had from the doorstep, including an enjoyable circular walk around the village as well as a walk down country lanes to nearby Barnard Castle. One of the walking highlights is following the Tees Railway Path, leading from Cotherstone through to Middleton-in-Teesdale. On the way, you will see the Balder Viaduct, with its nine arches, built in 1848. From Middleton, you can head to High Force, the largest waterfall in England and a real spectacle to behold.

The village of Cotherstone itself is a designated conservation area, with many of its stone-built houses being listed buildings. Three greens can also be found throughout the village which only add to its visual appeal. Community spirit here is very much alive and well, and every year the village hosts an annual fruit and vegetable show, as well as a fancy-dress parade through the streets, complete with its own procession queen. Visitors will find all the amenities they will need while staying in Cotherstone, including a village shop, a post office and two welcoming pubs, The Red Lion and The Fox and Hounds. Both offer a good selection of beers as well as a menu of traditional pub classics.

One thing that Cotherstone has lent its name to is a variety of cheese. Related to the Wensleydale and Swaledale varieties, Cotherstone cheese comes in either a white version or a blue-veined version, and is crumbly with a slightly tangy taste. A local delicacy, the village first became known for the cheese in the 1850s.

“A perfect base for those wanting to experience the great outdoors…”

Close by and ideal for a day out is a visit to the town of Barnard Castle, found four miles away. The remains of its namesake castle are well worth a visit, while you should also check out the Bowes Museum. It’s home to one of Northern England’s finest European fine art collections, and is housed within a grand 19th century chateau.

For even more holiday inspiration, take a look at our full collection of Cotherstone cottages and find your perfect place to stay in the area.

While you’re there

North Pennines AONB

A vast landscape offering spectacular sights, a variety of wildlife, challenging walks and starry night skies

Tees Railway Path

An enjoyable countryside walk along a former railway track through to nearby Middleton-in-Teesdale

Barnard Castle

A charming town home to a historic castle as well as the excellent Bowes Museum

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