What to do

When you stay at the Ancient Unicorn there is plenty to explore in the beautiful, unspoiled area of Teesdale. The countryside is stunning – changing with the seasons and you can walk for miles and see nobody.  The Pennine Way passes through Bowes so you can take in part of this historic route, exploring the ruined castle in the village or just soaking up the stunning views from the bench by the castle.  A dream for photographers and artists!

Travelling just a bit further, the 3.5 miles into Barnard Castle, this historic quaint market town with its massive ruined castle is set alongside a fabulous bubbling river.  It’s well worth taking some time to wander around the streets, enjoying the coffee shops and traditional old shops. If you have a whole day to spare you have to take in the Bowes Museum, which is a massive French Chateau packed full of amazing artefacts collected by the family over their travels.