This ancient village is nestled in the hills that border north Durham and Weardale; about twenty miles from Newcastle and Durham, 2.5 miles off the A68 at Carterway Heads.
With spectacular views of rolling hills, dramatic moorland, sprinkled with mature woodland and rivers, it provides a haven for birds, wildlife and rare plants. Designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty it attracts walkers, cyclists, artists, photographers and those who are inspired by the landscape and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this rural location.
With the Derwent Reservoir on the doorstep, those who enjoy fishing and water sports have plenty to enjoy. There is an twelfth century church, shop, pub for food and our very own cosy bar and dozens of footpaths and ancient tracks to explore across the delightful Durham Dales.
The Punch Bowl has a well deserved reputation for excellent food, real ales and a warm welcome. With six en suite rooms, well stocked bar with beams, open fires and delicious food made from locally sourced ingredients.
The Old Village Shop is a small independent retailer providing this rural community and visitors with good service and produce that comes from surrounding farms, fisheries, wild or grown. Their products range from local wild game from the surrounding hills, to milk from the local pedigree heard. Produce is very seasonal as the different products become available.