Toby Hill Farm & Holiday Cottage is centrally located to explore the whole of Teesdale and the local area, one of the hidden gems of the Northern Dales. With a strong rural heritage, amazing scenic beauty of unspoilt landscapes, waterfalls, purple heather moorlands, traditional species rich hay meadows, Teesdale is now recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Great walking and cycling from the doorstep.
Toby hill is the perfect base to start from and explore the local area with plenty of footpaths leading alongside rivers and fields, from gentle strolls to the more strenuous Teesdale way.
Bring your Bicycle, we have a lockable store, and explore locally and further afield to see our wonderful scenery much closer on our quieter country roads and tracks. Hamsterley Forest is good for Cycle tracks.
Things to explore
Cauldron Snout waterfall – where the River Tees begins to gather pace
High Force waterfall – The highest in England
Low Force & Suspension Bridge over The River Tees
Bowlees visitor centre & Gibsons cave
Cow Green Reservoir – a designated dark skies area
Black Grouse spring lek (displaying males can be seen near Langdon Beck (Apr – May)
Blue Gentian flowers – a plant left from the ice age (upper dale), late Apr – May
Pennine Way – following the tumbling river from Middleton towards High Force (a great place to see the traditional flower rich hay meadows)
Alston narrow gauge railway
Killhope Wheel & Lead Mining Centre
Middleton in Teesdale village
Eggleston Village (Inn for food) & children's play park
Eggleston Hall Gardens & Tearooms
Romaldkirk & Cotherstone villages (2 good places to dine)
Barnard Castle – market town
- Sports centre/swimming, mini golf, cafe's, Inns & Restaurants, shops
- The Bowes Museum
- Historic Medieval Castle
- The Witham – cinema, theatre, comedy shows, cafe etc
- Golf course – 18 hole
- Egglestone Abbey ruins near Barnard Castle
Nearby surrounding area
Hamsterley Forest – trails & cycling hire
Raby Castle – Medieval Castle, Gardens, Plotters Forest Adventure Playground, Cafe & Deer park
Auckland Castle – Kynren, an outdoor historical show of the history of England (see website)
Richmond market town & Castle
Locomotion - Shildon Railway Museum
Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum
Weardale via Stanhope, Blanchland and Derwent Reservoir.
Middleton to Brough, on to Kirby Stephen/Nateby then via Tan Hill to Reeth and return via Barnard Castle.(Tan Hill is the highest pub in England)
Baldersdale via Romaldkirk or Cotherstone (three reservoirs)
Middleton to Holwick
Middleton - Forest in Teesdale - Over the high moors to Weardale to St Johns Chapel, Westgate, Eastgate, Stanhope, return over the moors to Eggleston
Barnard Castle - Richmond - Arkengarthdale (C B Inn) - scenic drive back to Barnard Castle
These are just some of our suggestions, please check website's of individual attractions for opening times and events.