Middleton-in-Teesdale, situated on the Pennine Way, lies 9 miles from the impressive High Force waterfall.
The small market town began to develop in the early 19th century when he London Lead Company transferred its northern headquarters here from Blanchland in Northumberland.
Much of the Victorian architecture from its days as a prosperous company town can still be seen, including Middleton House, the former headquarters of the company.
A drinking fountain, at the centre of the green, celebrates the history of this lead mining centre.
Today Middleton-in-Teesdale has lots of interesting shops and places to eat.
A regular cattle and sheep market is held on the south side of the River Tees, with special sales of Swaydale rams attracting buyers from a wide area.
Newbiggin Methodist Chapel An interesting old chapel to visit.
Eggleston Hall Gardens The "Secret Garden of the North".
Egglestone Abbey The ruins of a monastry in a delightful setting.
Killhope - The North of England Lead Mining Museum A chance to see inside a lead mine.
Towns Near Middleton-in-Teesdale To Visit - straight line distance:Barnard Castle (8.73 miles) Crook (14.84 miles) Kirkby Stephen (14.97 miles) Blanchland (15.33 miles)