A short walk from your cottage are the Fairy Cupboards, miniature river-cut caves and a great place to fish or for the dog to cool off.
The Teesdale Way
Both cottages are located on the Teesdale way. The Teesdale way explores the course of the River Tees for exactly 160km, from its source on the high moors of Cross Fell in the Cumbrian North Pennines to its outlet at Middlesbrough on the North East Coast.
The nearest village to our cottage is only a mile up the road. There are several country gardens and allotments in this attractive Teesdale village. The Fox and Hounds pub sits proudly on the West Green and offers a warm and friendly atmosphere. The post office has something for everyone, including a friendly smile, and is open 7 days a week, so you’re sure not to miss out on your Sunday paper.
Few English villages have been touched less by the twentieth century than has Romaldkirk. A small number of new houses have been built, but most of the village looks much as it did in the eighteenth century, blending naturally with the rolling hills of Teesdale within which it nestles. The Kirk Inn provides a good choice of beers, and home cooked meals in the cosy bar. Romaldkirk is a favourite checkpoint for historic rallies. The Rose and Crown is known from afar for the quality of its food and holds a Michelin Pub of the year 2006. Romaldkirk Open Gardens is held every year in June.
Approx 4 miles from Wodencroft holiday cottages are the reservoirs of Grassholme and Hury. The reservoirs are regularly stocked with trout; permits can be obtained from the visitor centre at Grassholme or the self-service machine at Hury. There are toilet facilities at both reservoirs. A little further away is the reservoir of Cow Green, a two-mile long reservoir that was built between 1967 and 1971 to supply the industries of Teesside. Environmentally this part of Upper Teesdale is of national importance, the main concern being the protection of the rich flora and fauna of the district and especially the rare alpine plants like the unique Teesdale violet (gentian)
Eggleston Village and Eggleston Hall Gardens
Located about 3 miles from Wodencroft, Eggleston village offers a warm and friendly country inn, The Three Tuns. It is in the heart of the village and has a lovely rustic charm, with open fires and far reaching views over the rolling hills and fields. The restaurant has a great choice of traditional home cooked food, for me you cannot beat the homemade steak pie. On Wednesdays they have a fish night, with about 8 fish dishes, including traditional battered fish and homemade chips. Eggleston hall open, Easter-October and offers walled gardens, specialist plant care, historic churchyard, restaurant and tea rooms and a gardeners gift shop. Eggleston Hall has also recently been made famous as the location for the TV series “Laddets – Ladies.”
Only 5 miles from Wodencroft Holiday Cottages is the thriving market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, nestled in the rolling hills of Upper Teesdale and with Quaint local shops, cafes and restaurants. Middleton expanded in the early nineteenth century when the London Lead Company moved its northern headquarters here, clearly visible in the towns architecture.
A small friendly country inn at Forest in Teesdale, some 25 mins from Wodencroft Cottages, but well worth a visit as the scenery on the way is breath taking. Known originally as the sportsman’s rest in the early 1800′s, it is easy to imagine how weary folk found peace and sustenance in this spot, with its incredible position nestling beneath the wild open fells. It has wonderful views and roaring fires, a great selection of real ales, plus a garden to relax in on fine days, revelling in the sheer peace and tranquility of the area.