We all know that autumn is a wonderful time to get out and about. And although we all love getting all wrapped up and watching the leaves fall, there are plenty of other things worth venturing out for – particularly around our neck of the woods.
With this in mind, here’s our pick of the top things to see and do in the Durham Dales this autumn.
Stargazing at Grassholme Observatory
Situated on the banks of the Grassholme Reservoir, this purpose-built observatory is the perfect place to marvel at the night sky. The area is renowned for having little light pollution, so you’ll often be able to see stars, planets and galaxies. Plus, the experience is all the more magical when shared with a loved one (and a hot toddy or two).
Cycling at Hamsterley Forest
Hamsterley Forest just happens to be one of the best places in the North East for mountain biking. But white-knuckle trails aren’t all it’s good for. There are plenty of quiet forest roads that are ideal for a leisurely cycle. Plus, exploring on two wheels rather than on foot means you’ll be able to cover much more of this amazing forest – and will be home and dry in no time if you get caught in an autumnal downpour.
Alpaca trekking with Teesdale Alpacas
If you’re keen to see the colours change, why not upgrade your autumn walk to an alpaca trek? These gorgeous furry creatures can be found on a picturesque farm near Barnard Castle, and they love a stroll in the sunshine. The experience lasts around two hours, includes an introduction to the alpacas and a 45-minute walk with plenty of photo opportunities.
Walking along the Pennine Journey
The Pennine Journey is a 247-mile circular walking route that meanders through some of the finest scenery in the North East. The Durham section of the walk spans from Bowes to Blanchland and takes you past wild moorland, winding rivers, and magnificent valleys. The route is quite challenging in places, however, the long stretches of footpath are perfect for those looking to soak up the scenery of the rugged Durham Dales.