BARNINGHAM is a good place to visit for a holiday, or to go for walks along its many footpaths which you can find on the Ordinance Survey map, using the local walks book to help you. (See below)
Barningham is a small village of some 170 people and about 70 houses, mostly on one main street, but including some outlying farms.
It is situated between the two historic, Georgian market towns of Barnard Castle (6 miles) and Richmond ( 10 miles).
It is a rural setting within a designated 'Conservation Area' and adjacent to the 'North Yorkshire Dales, National Park', an area of outstanding natural beauty
The village itself, has attractive, stone built houses, cottages and farms, many very old, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
There is a large village green, which runs down the south side of 'The Street', for more than half its length. The appearance, is typical of a North Yorkshire village, although since 1974 it has been just inside the County Durham boundary.
'The Street', measured at the fountain, is 706 feet above sea level and runs from the east uphill to Barningham moor in the west.
There is a public house, 'The Milbank Arms'; a church, 'St. Michael’s and All Angels' and a Village Hall, the former village school, 1875 to 1934, which is now a very busy social centre.
The Village Shop and Post Office closed about 1990, is now a private house, but retains its original frontage with its large shop windows; the green telephone kiosk is still to be seen outside and is believed to be one of only two in the country.
Market Day and Animal Mart, at Barnard Castle, is held each Wednesday. At Richmond, market day is Saturday.
A Farmer’s/Producer's Markets is held on the first Saturday of the month, at Barnard Castle.
Barningham is also within an easy drive of Middleton-in-Teesdale (20 miles), Darlington(18 miles), Durham (30 miles), Newcastle (50 miles).
Other places within a reasonable driving distance are York and Harrogate; Whitby on the east coast, also Kirkby Stephen and the Lake District to the west across the Pennines.
There is some good bed and breakfast accommodation on local farms and in holiday cottages, in and around Barningham.
'The Morritt Arms Hotel' and the 'A66 Motel', are nearby.
There are some very good, reasonably priced ‘eateries', to suit all tastes and pockets, mainly in Public Houses, but you will need to take a short drive.(within a six mile radius)
More information can be obtained about facilities on the 'Teesdale', website through the link at the bottom of this page.
The countryside around is very pretty, unspoilt by development and in parts quite wild.(Take a compass)
The village forms a good base for walking, cycling (though a bit hilly),riding horses and observing flora and fauna.
A local Walks book, 'Barningham Walks, Lower Teesdale', is on sale in the village, price £6.00, available at 'Granville' and 'The Milbank Arms', public house, in the village.
The Book is also available from Teesdale Mercury Shops; Curlew Books and Tourist Information Offices in Barnard Castle and Richmondand The Peel House,Greta Bridge. or by emailing this site.
There are plenty of activities going on within the village.(see events pages)
Above all, the village people are very friendly folk; they will make you welcome and will not be shy to help you should need any advice!
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