Middleton in Teesdale is the gateway to The Upper Dale, a vast area of unspoilt moorland, waterfalls, fells, haymeadows and spectacular Dark Skies.

The petty stone-built  village of Middleton in Teesdale was shaped by the arrival of The London Lead Mining Company in the 1800s and remains little changed. The Pennine Way passes by Middleton and winds by the River Tees and through the dramatic scenery of the Upper Dale and The North Pennines Area of Outstanding National Beauty. The unique geology and landscape around Cow Green Reservoir, Cauldron Snout and Moor House Nature Reserve provide a rich habitat for a diverse range of  rare arctic-alpine flora including the Blue Gentian. The area also provides a nesting and breeding site for the endangered Black Grouse. There are numerous designated Dark Sky sites in the area which provide opportunities to view the night sky away from the light pollution from our towns and cities. When conditions are right the Milky Way and even the Northern Lights can be viewed with the naked eye.

Visit the North Pennines AONB website to discover more.

To find out more about our Dark Skies click here

 

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