Wearhead holiday cottages in County Durham are surrounded by heather moors, tumbling rivers and hay meadows in the heart of the North Pennines. Wearhead is a small village within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 39 miles east of Carlisle. It lies at the point where the burns of Killhope and Burnhope meet to create the River Wear. It is more than a thousand feet above sea level and surrounded by some of Country Durham's highest peaks, including Killhope Law and Burnhope Seat. Once a mining village, it is now a peaceful community which makes an outstanding base from which to explore County Durham. The surrounding County Durham countryside is wonderfully unspoiled and crisscrossed by footpaths where you can walk for miles with only the sound of the birds in the hedgerows for company. Look out for rare wading birds as you follow trails through woods, meadows and pastureland.

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Explore the village from your holiday cottage in Wearhead and you will discover a sleepy community which time seems to have forgotten. Apart from the graceful church and pretty homes overlooking the water, there are few buildings in Wearhead, making it the perfect choice for a relaxing break, surrounded by nature. Self-catering holidays in Wearhead are perfect if you want to make the most of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This rugged expanse of dales, moors, meadows and rivers covers almost 770 square miles, and is a paradise for walking and wildlife-watching. Some of the area's most spectacular footpaths can be joined within a few miles of Weardale, with breathtaking views across the county. Kielder Forest Park lies to the north, the Lake District is to the west and the Yorkshire Dales are to the south, making Wearhead an ideal base for making day trips to the national parks of the far North of England.