Heather View is conveniently located in the heart of the Durham Dales, offering fabulous places to explore during your visits to the Park. The Weardale Way, a long distance Dales to coast route, runs adjacent to the park and can be accessed directly. There are also sites of geological interest close to the park to visit. There will never be a dull day at Heather View for those who love to explore the great outdoors!
Discover a force of nature on the Teesdale Way
The Teesdale Way is a 77 mile route following the banks of the River Tees as it passes from the remote high moorlands of Cumbria down to its industrial mouth in Teesside. Coinciding with the Pennine Way Trail just before High Cup Nick and Cauldron Snout, you can take the trail down to High Force and experience a true force of nature in this impressive 21 metre waterfall. Low Force, its downstream companion of a series of waterfalls can also be visited from the Teesdale Way.
Explore the woods at Hamsterley Forest
Fun for all the family, there's something for everything when you go to explore the woods at Hamsterley Forest. There are a number of walking and biking routes, including trails for young children and beginners to enjoy. The Forest features an impressive 800 metre ‘Viking Wild Play’ area for families to enjoy, with assault course, wood workshop, Viking ghost ship play frame and many other adventures for your little ones to enjoy.
Step directly onto the Weardale Way from Heather View
The Weardale Way is an impressive 74 mile long route from Cowshill to Sunderland Bridge. Split into shorter sections of between 4 and 8 miles, there is a lot to see wherever you choose to begin. Heather View is conveniently located towards the beginning of the Stanhope to White Kirkley 4.5 mile section of the route, or you can walk up the route and visit Eastgate. Walking down the Weardale Way Stanhope to White Kirkley route also leads to our sister park Kingfisher.
Walk the lines on Auckland Way Railway Path
Take a stroll down an old railway line on the Auckland Way path. This 4.3 mile route between Bishop Auckland and Spennymoor takes you through countryside once part of the Bishop’s Park, down a former railway line with visible reminders of the areas railway heritage. The ‘Bishop’s Bridge’ railway bridge is a prime example of this heritage. Commissioned by Bishop Lightfoot for his personal use, it is twice the normal width of a railway bridge and features trees planted on either side to screen the Bishop from the railway he detested. Suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, this path is easily accessible for pushchair and wheelchair users to enjoy.
Stroll around the Cow Green reservoir
Cow Green Reservoir is a two mile reservoir built between 1967 and 1971 to supply the industries of Teesside. The Cow Green Geological Trail visits the reservoir, old mine workings, and the Hannah’s Meadow Nature Reserve. Many of the rocks that make the Teesdale Landscape so special, and allow for some rare and interesting plants to grow, can be viewed on the trail too. The trail starts at Wheelhead Sike car park and there are options for it to be a short stroll of 3 miles, or a 7.5 mile circular walk.