Run by: Anita & Terry Holmes
Old farmhouse originally dating from the 16th century, with all the modern comforts and in 10 acres of farmland. Anita provides evening meals often including home-reared Black Wensleydale lamb. Hearty portions and there's an off-licence and pub just down the road.
Run by: Carol & John Graham
Renowned for its hospitality and fine, hearty fare, the Grahams run a top class B&B and are tailor-made for C2Cers. 'We don't do portion control,' says Carol. Country supper includes lamb broth, home baked bread and scones, and there are home-grown eggs for breakfast. Expect to revisit as many of their bookings are from repeat visitors. Afternoon tea is included on arrival.
Run by: Joyce Walton
Luxury 1-room B&B plus campsite on the banks of the Wear in 16 acres of private land, this is a relaxing, tranquil environment in the heart of Weardale AONB, where, if you have the energy you can walk, fish on their stretch of the river and visit the alpaca herd. The B&B is newly renovated to a luxury standard, complete with TV, tea/coffee making facilities, en-suite, private entrance, patio and seating area. Part of Camping and Caravanning Club, 10 pitches and 5 caravans.
Run by: Pip Gill
Great pit-stop on the new Weardale Alternative, Pip and her team welcome you to the newly refurbished Killhope Café. Offering a wonderful menu from 10.30 (last orders: 4pm) with a choice of home-made soups, sandwiches, scones, cakes and lots more. Come in for lunch or just a relaxing cuppa. Ingredients are organic and/or locally sourced where possible. Caters for groups. Ask Pip about her special group deals. Al fresco dining! With funding from Leader, the cafe now has an awning over its picnic area. Date slices proving a real hit. Killhope Museum is open daily 11-5 until Nov. Admission tickets valid for a year. Underground tours and a wealth of wildlife including red squirrels can be observed on the woodland trails. Award winning staff will answer all your questions about life at the top of the dale in the 19th C and ensure a memorable visit.
Run by: Kathryn & Stuart Dobson
Beautifully and sympathetically restored Victorian manor house set in the middle of the AONB. It's a five minute stroll to the pub if you can wrench yourself away from the lovely grounds and comfort of the house. Afternoon teas, lunches and dinners served. Log burners and antiques, hot baths and great service.
Rooms: 4/5. 4D, 1T. There is a family suite comprising 1D and 1T with a shared bathroom. 4D, including a 4-poster! B&B: from £44.50pppn. Family suite: £179. 4-poster: £104 and £119. Eve meal: yes - pse pre-book or use nearby pub. Pk lunch: pse pre-order. Secure cycle storage. Drying facilities.
Run by: Cameron & Anne Marie Gordon
Splendid addition to the Weardale stretch of the ride, offering emergency relay, spares and bike hire. The owner, Cameron, is a keen cyclist and veteran of the C2C. Hot and cold food - anything from cheesy beans on toast to all-day-breakfasts to locally made soups. And there’s always homemade flapjack, chocolate bars and peanut butter and jam sandwiches for calorie cravers.
Run by: Bryan & Kath Jones
Once a pair of terraced stone cottages, the Blue Bell has undergone a transformation into something of a chapel of worship for beer drinkers. One of only two Cask Marque outlets in the area, Bryan and Kath go to great pains to ensure their regularly changing ales are in tip top condition. Most are from mocrobreweries nearby. This is a pubman's pub, so not much in the way of lumpy stuff: Kath pickles the eggs and you might get crisps and scratchings. Pool room and beer garden. A veritable haven. Will open up if you're thirsty.
Weekdays: 5-12. Weekend 12-12.
Tel: 01388 537256