Local Sights and Attractions

The Hill Top Haven Wellbeing and Mindfulness retreat is centrally located for visiting the North Pennines, the Lakes, the Dales, Northumbria and Hadrian's Wall and the charming cities of Durham and Bishop Auckland. 


However, with all the local attractions and sights, I predict you won't even leave the North Pennine Area:
Walks galore, a Dark Sky Area and a UNESCO Global Geopark.

In Weardale:

The Weardale Way

This long distance walk is 77 miles / 124 kilometres in length running through the “Land of the Prince Bishops”. Steeped in history, beauty and a variety of landscapes this must rank as one of the Ways not to be missed.  The Weardale Way follows, principally, the meandering line of the River Wear from its mouth at Sunderland to close to its source in the North Pennines at Killhope. Check out the route here.

Killhope Lead Mine Museum

Located less than 1 mile away, and visible from the property.
Visit their website here.

The Weardale Museum

Located in nearby Ireshopeburn the Weardale Museum is the fascinating story of the local history. Interactive, and good for kids, it includes High House Chapel (the oldest methodist chapel in constant use) and the Weardale Tapestry. Find out more here

The Weardale Railway

The Weardale railway is an 18 mile heritage line which runs from Bishop Auckland to Eastgate in the Weardale. The 16 mile section from Stanhope to Bishop Auckland has been restored for passenger trips.  Find out more here

Further Afield in the North Pennines:

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

If you would like to know more about the work of the North Pennines AONB Partnership visit their website here.

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Visit Alston and Middleto-in-Teesdale

The Cumbrian and Durham hearts of the North Pennines, with tea shops, souvenir shops and outdoor gear shops. 

High Force (and Low Force) Waterfalls

Visit one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England (High Force) and it's little sister (Low Force). Combine it with a day walk from Middleton-in-Teesdale with part of your walk along the Pennine Way. For more info on the waterfalls see here.

Hamsterley Forest

Visit Durham's largest forest where you'll find a variety of walking, cycling and horse-riding trails. For more information see here.

The Museum of Classic Sci Fi in Allendale.

Just up the road, in Allendale, is this quirky museum - a visual history of science fiction and classic era Dr Who. See here for more details.

The C2C Cycle Route

We are immediately alongside the C2C through Killhope and  we can be your half way house on this challenge. Centrally located at the 84 or 63 mile point (depending on direction W->E or E->W).

Nenthead Mines

Over the hill from us, into Cumbria, see how people worked in times past, with Geology and Industrial History. To learn more visit here.

Skiing, if you visit us in winter:

Weardale Ski Club

Just 10 miles away, to the south-east, just past St Johns Chapel and Daddry Shield. Directions can be found on their website here.

Yad Moss Ski Club

England’s Premier Snow Slope, is around 7 miles away to the south-west, via Nenthead and Garrigill.  Directions can be found on their website here.

Skiing and Boarding at Allenheads

Just 6.2 miles away to the north-east, via Lanehead and Allenheads. Directions can be found on their website here.



Further Afield:


Durham Cathedral and Castle

The largest cathedral in Northern Europe, and took over 400 years to complete.
Visit the website for more information.

The Settle & Carlisle Railway

Join the train at Langwathby station and travel over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct en route to stations towards Leeds or join a northbound train for Carlisle.  Visit their website here.

Beamish Open Air Museum

The Living Museum of the North, is located 34 miles away, to the east. (DH9 0RG)
Visit their website here.



The ultimate adventure park experience, is located 31 miles away, to the east. (DH7 9TT)
Visit their website here.

Locomotion National Railway Museum

Located 34 miles away, to the south-east. (DL4 1PQ)
Visit the website here.

This is Durham

The official tourism website for County Durham.
Visit the website here.

Acorn Bank Gardens

Best known for its comprehensive herb collection and traditional fruit orchards, Acorn Bank is a tranquil haven with a fascinating industrial past. Wander along the Crowdundle Beck to the partially restored watermill, enjoying wildlife in the woods on the way, and discover more about the history of gypsum mining on the estate. Enjoy the views across the Eden Valley to the Lake District from the magnificent backdrop of the sandstone house.  Visit the website here.

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is a hidden treasure, a jewel in the heart of beautiful Teesdale. The magnificent building stands proud in the historic market town of Barnard Castle housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts. Visit the website here.

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall Country has something for everyone – world class archaeology, spectacular landscapes, rare wildlife, complete solitude, vibrant cities, wonderful pubs and a population of friendly and welcoming people. Visit the website here.

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Lowther is a magical place of discovery. The sandstone ruins of the magnificent castle and 130 acres of rediscovered gardens, hidden from public view for over 70 years, have been the subject of one of the largest restoration projects in Europe. Visit the website here.

Eden Valley Railway

The Eden Valley Railway is based at Warcop in Cumbria, just off the A66 between Appleby and Brough. Visit the website here.

The Hub Heritage & Transport Collection

The Hub is the ultimate visitor experience, encompassing the history of Alston Moor as depicted through an amazing collection of vintage vehicles, photographs and memorobilia, loaned or given by local people. Visit the website here.


A rich variety of architecture, furnishings and a beautiful garden. Visit the website here.

South Tynedale Railway

The South Tynedale Railway is a narrow gauge railway, built to British two feet gauge or 610 mm metric equivalent, which runs from Alston in Cumbria, northwards into Northumberland.  Visit their website here.

Brougham Hall

Brougham Hall, just a mile south of Penrith, Cumbria, was built in the 14th century and has a fascinating history. Visit their website here.