Our Special Place
Upper Teesdale is a special place. Vast upland fells, bleak in places, give way to rough pastures and the meadows on the banks of the River Tees. In Spring, if you are lucky, you will discover the unmistakable Spring Gentian. The small, vivid blue flowers are a famous symbol of this magnificent landscape and its extraordinary array of plant species. Geology, glaciation and climate have created a unique habitat that makes Upper Teesdale world-renowned as a botanical hotspot.