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A small market town and the gateway to Weardale

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The Weardale Way passes through Wolsingham

Sitting on the banks of the River Wear, Wolsingham is a small market town surrounded by rolling countryside.

The settlement of Wolsingham dates back to the times of the Saxons, and it is also believed that St Godric also lived here during the early 12th century. It has been a thriving community since the Domesday Book, when the town was recorded as producing food for the Bishop’s Castle, while it was also one of the region’s first market towns, having been granted its charter in 1615. An annual agricultural show is still held in the town during the first weekend of September, harking back to the town’s roots, and is said to be the oldest of its kind in the county.

Wolsingham nestled in the hills

Today Wolsingham acts as a popular base for those looking to explore the Weardale region of County Durham, found on the eastern side of the Pennines. Much of Weardale lies within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the second largest in England and Wales, making it perfect for walks and photographing some peaceful beauty spots. Many excellent walks start in Wolsingham itself, leading over the hills and along the riverside to places such as White Kirley, Stanhope and Thornley, with more than 80 miles of footpaths to enjoy. Weardale also offers some of the highest cycling routes in England, with trails for all abilities offering amazing views as a reward for your efforts.

Wolsingham also offers another great way to explore Weardale in the form of the Weardale Railway, of which Wolsingham’s station is the terminus. The railway offers a gentle train ride following the river, soaking up the views of the surrounding countryside, with other stops in Stanhope, Frosterley and Witton-le-Wear.

Another popular attraction found close by to Wolsingham is the Tunstall Reservoir. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot on the 2-mile circular walk around the reservoir, and the water is also a popular spot for fishing.

“A popular base for those looking to explore the Weardale region…”

Within Wolsingham’s town centre are all the amenities you need to really enjoy your stay, including two pubs: the Mill Race Hotel and the Bay Horse Hotel, offering traditional pub meals and a selection of ales. Peggotty’s, a café/bakery, is another much-loved place to eat offering light lunches and snacks during the day. Just outside of the town offering even more culinary delights is the Bradley Burn Farm Shop and Café, where you can even purchase some goods to take home with you.

Take a look at our full collection of Wolsingham cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Bradley Burn Farm Shop and Café

Enjoy a spot of lunch, buy some local foods to take home and even let the kids roam free in the play area

Tunstall Reservoir

Great for fishing and also perfect for a gentle walk around the edge of the water

Weardale Railway

Enjoyable and leisurely train journeys through the beautiful countryside landscapes of Weardale

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