If you fancy an outdoor adventure, some excitement, learning a craft or developing a rural skill, we are conveniently close to a number of activity and course providers

If you fancy a break with some local activity - ranging from a trip on a steam train, through learning a craft or archery, to caving, orienteering or skiing - we can suggest the following:

Weardale Railway: Trains through Weardale 

The Weardale Railway operates a regular service from Stanhope (through Frosterley) to Bishop Auckland and has special events during the year, including steam train specials like this one above. Frosterley station is a five-minute walk from Cromer House Barn, opposite the Black Bull pub.

The Harehope Quarry Project: demonstrating a more sustainable way of living
A ten-minute walk from Cromer House Barn you'll find Harehope Quarry, a disused limestone quarry which is now an environmental education and community project. It runs a range of events throughout the year, from green craft fairs to courses on pruning, willow craft, pot making, den building, wild food foraging and coracle building. Internationally renowned botanist David Bellamy has called the quarry project 'one of Weardale's hidden miracles' (Weardale Gazette). Its trout lake below was used as one of the locations for the 2012 series of ITV drama Vera.

The bird hide and trout lake at Harehope Quarry 

Based in nearby Crook, Andrew Hall has a long career in and passion for woodturning. He makes the most beautiful objects - including hats! - out of wood, and runs workshops for individuals and small groups, tailored to your needs. 

Weardale Ski Club
The club runs a membership scheme and their website posts up to date information about the weather (complete with webcam). The ski slope is a little further up the dale, near Daddry Shield. Check out their website where you'll find full information about how to find them and when you can ski.

Outdoor Pursuits
We're also very conveniently located for outdoor adventure activities, run by instructors Paul Robinson and Les Hewitt. They offer a range of courses, including rock climbing, caving, raft building and the like. Les has also run occasional activities at Harehope Quarry.