Walks and Cycle Routes in Barnard Castle, Teesdale in County Durham

Thorpe Farm offers an ideal starting point for local walks and cycle routes around Barnard Castle and Teesdale County Durham.

Walks at Thorpe Farm

Enjoy walking through grassy dells, established woodland, and wetland habitats here at Thorpe Farm Centre, and explore further afield via the bridle path which tunnels under the A66.

We have good access and ample free parking. On your arrival why not meet up in our popular café for a coffee and a homemade scone while you map out your route? You can even order takeaway sandwiches for trip.

We have put together a leaflet, which is available on site, listing a selection of walks ranging from 1 mile to nearly 8 miles starting and finishing at Thorpe Farm. All the walks utilise the existing footpath network and take in some of the finest sites in the area including the banks of the River Greta and the meeting of the waters where the Greta joins the River Tees. To the south of Thorpe Farm you will find Barningham and the Moors above. This is the start of the Yorkshire Dales and the views of Teesdale from the footpaths are breathtaking!

For the cycling fraternity the new bridle path allows access to the side road network leading to Barnard Castle in County Durham to the West, Richmond to the East and the Yorkshire Dales to the South.

The recently planted Teesdale Heritage Wood is now growing well and is a pleasurable place for walking, ideal for ramblers or dog walkers. This community woodland project is sponsored by the Forestry Commission and consists of 8 acres of native hard wood trees.

Ordnance Survey maps of the area are available for sale in the shop.

Visiting Rules

In order to keep the Teesdale Heritage Wood well maintained we ask you to abide by the following rules:

  • Children - Children are more than welcome. In fact we actively promote Teesdale Heritage Wood as  a great educational asset. Schools have sponsored trees and bring children to Teesdale Heritage Wood on a regular basis to monitor the progress of their trees and to learn about the surrounding wildlife habitat. Educational packs are available on request.
  • Dogs - Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a lead and clean up after them.
  • Litter - Please take it home with you.Here at Thorpe Farm we are committed to the concept of Teesdale Heritage Wood. Trees can live for hundreds of years and it is our aim that our woodland will too, allowing generation after generation to visit trees planted in memory of their ancestors. Teesdale Heritage Wood is free to roam from dawn to sunset 365 days a year.