Where to go and what to see

The Railway Cottage can be found in Frosterley, which is a village within an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'.  Frosterley is within 30 minutes drive of attractions in Durham City, Bishop Auckland, Shildon (Railway Museum), Stanhope, Barnard Castle, Richmond and Hamsterley Forest.  Other locations of interest may include the Lake District, Beamish Museum, Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Alston and perhaps the Metro Centre in Gateshead are all within traveling distance.

Railway enthusiasts will love the Cottage as it lies next to the heritage Weardale Railway. This cottage is extra special at Christmas being decorated for guests arrival and only a few miles from the Polar Express Event.  Read on for advice and guidance on a selection of the attractions that are reachable from Railway Cottage.

Cycling in Weardale

The Durham Dales: The cottage is located in the heart of Weardale making it an ideal location for walking, cycling, birdwatching and general sightseeing opportunities in not only Weardale, but also Teesdale, Derwentdale and beyond.  Places of interest includes the market towns of Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland (see below), Middleton-in-Teesdale, Stanhope and Wolsingham.  Other places of interest could include Beamish Museum, Bowes Museum, Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral, Egglestone Abbey, High Force, Low Force, Cauldron Snout, the Black Grouse Lek at Langdon Beck, Weardale Railway (see below), Shildon Railway Museum (see below) & more.

Bishop Auckland & surrounding area: Bishop Auckland can be found ten miles to the east of Frosterley and is worth exploring at any time of year.  Auckland Castle and Auckland Park dates back to at least 1000AD and has been the official residence of the Bishop of Durham since 1832.  Auckland Park, the Deer House and the castle grounds are free to visit, but there is a small fee to enter Castle.  Other interests in this area includes Kynren (a spectacular evening show that depicts 2000 years of British history), Binchester Roman Fort (a Roman bath house with its amazing 1,700 year-old under floor heating system) and the Saxon Church at Escomb (built around the date of 679AD).

Bishop Auckland, Auckland Castle and Kynren
Flying Scotsman at Shildon Railway Museum

Railway Heritage in County Durham: Shildon Railway Museum is 30 minutes drive from Frosterley and is well worth a visit at any time of year.  There is always a good selection of locomotives, rolling stock and other memorabilia on display, many of which is unique to our area.  It is worth checking their website for special events such as steam days, diesel days, model railway exhibitions, workshops, train rides, etc. that take place throughout the year.   It is free, but donations are welcome.  The Weardale Railway operates a privately owned service that runs from Stanhope to Bishop Auckland and the preserved trains pass the cottage making the railway Cottage a unique place to stay.

Cycling, Walking & Birdwatching: Frosterley is a perfect location for cyclists, walkers & birdwatchers who will love the opportunity of being able to step out of the cottage and begin their cycling, walking and birdwatching experiences without stepping into the car.  Explore the scenic rivers, valleys, hills, etc. in search of historical buildings, old mining pits and birdwatching locations such as Bollihope Common, where you will find upland birds such as Red Grouse, Buzzard, Merlin, Ring Ouzel, Wheatears & more.  Heading towards Rookhope will give you the same opportunities, but can expect to add the scarce Black Grouse to the list of birds that can be seen in the area.

Black Grouse in Weardale