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Bowlees Visitor Centre

Bowlees Visitor Centre, North Pennines Outdoor Mobility Tramper hire site location. 

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Bowlees Visitor Centre


Summer sessions: 11am - 4pm

Winter sessions: 11am - 3pm


1km to 4.3km/0.6 to 2.7miles


Rough track on some routes as well as occasional steep gradients.

Bowlees Visitor Centre offers three routes of different character from the beautiful old chapel which is now the North Pennines National Landscape Visitor Centre building and includes an accessible café (full details on their website below).

You can visit the popular Low Force waterfall with the water of the river Tees cascading over the rocks of the whin sill. You can follow a farm track up a gentle hillside for amazing views over Teesdale. You can also visit Bowlees Quarry, a special invertebrate site which is home to an abundance of wildflowers.


Your booking slot allows you to explore all 3 trails or just complete your favourite.

Members must be accompanied on the route by another person during the Tramper hire session. All users must stay on the designated Tramper route path. 

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You need to be an Outdoor Mobility member to book a Tramper.

If you are not yet a member please select and pay for the Membership option that suits you best.

Before you arrive:

  • Before arriving at the site, book the Tramper (if you haven’t already)

  • Watch this video on How to Use a Tramper

  • If you wish to only do one of the three routes and would like to arrive later than 11am please fill in your arrival time in the 'Any other requirements' box on the booking form then staff can be aware of this. If this is not done we cannot guarantee availability to supply the Tramper on your arrival. The Tramper always needs to be returned by 3pm. 

Whilst at Bowlees Visitor Centre:

  • Arrive at the centre 10 minutes prior to your hire slot.

  • For new members it’s essential for our staff to provide an induction on how to use the Tramper. 


Bowlees Visitor Centre, Newbiggin, Barnard Castle, DL12 0XF 

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Click to go to the website or use the contact details below, for more information about Bowlees Visitor Centre.

01833 622145

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