The Durham Dales is not somewhere I’ve heard much about before. But tucked away at the top of the North Pennines Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a peaceful and tranquil area of moors, hills, valleys and rivers. This is the Durham Dales. And, in the heart of the Durham Dales is a 21 acre holiday park called Heather View Holiday Park.
Heather View Holiday Park is owned by Verdant Leisure, and has reinvented itself as a family friendly rural retreat in the Durham Dales. Surrounded by moors and the lofty peaks of the Dales, Heather View is a 5* holiday park with a range of accommodation options, playgrounds, an onsite restaurant and seasonal entertainment.
Best of all Heather View Holiday Park is a place where you can relax away from the stresses and strains of working life. With a chilled out, laid back feel you can choose to do as little or as much as you want. There is loads to do in the local area (see below) but alternatively, there is plenty to do on and around the park itself if you want to take it easy.
Heather View Holiday Park At A Glance
Location Of Heather View Holiday Park
Heather View Holiday Park is located in Country Durham, close to the village of Stanhope.
Accommodation At Heather View Holiday Park
We visited Heather View Holiday Park in Sept, and stayed in a Deluxe Lodge with 3 bedrooms. This lodge was really spacious with 1 double bedroom and 2 twins. There were 2 bathrooms and a walk in wardrobe adjacent to the master bedroom.
The living area was large and luxurious, but at the same time cosy, with fluffy carpet, thick curtains – and of course those views over the Durham Dales countryside.
There were 2 flat screen TVs (with Cbeebies!), and a high spec fully equipped kitchen complete with dishwasher and washing machine. There was a welcome pack with all the essentials (including a Kellogg’s variety pack which made my son very happy!).
Outside there was a large decking area and picnic table for al fresco dining.
The Deluxe lodges are also available in 2 bedroom models and some of them are pet friendly.
Caravans are also available at Heather View.
Things For Families With Babies And Toddlers At Heather View Holiday Park
#1. Riding Your Bike
Heather View Holiday Park is a very peaceful, friendly holiday park. Cars are allowed in the park itself, but there is a 10mph speed limit in place, which cars stick to, so we found the park to be safe for our young boys to ride their bikes around under supervision. There are lots of flat, quiet roads for little ones wanting to ride their balance bike, trike or scooter along.
There are 2 playgrounds at Heather View Holiday Park. One is next to the Crazy Bear bar and restaurant and the other one is at the other side of the park. There is a zip wire for older children, and swings and slides for younger ones. There are also benches and tables around the playgrounds for parents to sit on whilst supervising.
During the main season, there is a Kids Club which takes place in the Crazy Bear. Children can take part in supervised activities such as a sticker hunt and balloon modelling. There is entertainment later on in the evening for adults such as bingo and live bands.
Things To Do In The Local Area
#1. Have A Riverside Walk Into Stanhope
Just a short walk from Heather View through the woods and along the riverside is the village of Stanhope. This is a quaint little village with a great butcher’s, coffee shop and the Durham Dales Visitor Centre with craft shops and tourist information. The walk is past a little rocky river beach where children will love playing.
#2. Gruffalo Trail And Bike Riding At The Hamsterley Forest
9 miles away from Heather View is the forest paradise of Hamsterley Forest. Here you can take part in the Gruffalo Trail, or rent bikes and go on one of the family friendly bike trails in the forest. There is also a great Wild Play forest playground – a great day out.
Just 30 minutes away from Heather View Holiday Park is a Diggerland, where children (and adults) get to play on diggers and JCBS all day!
40 minutes away from Heather View is Beamish – the fantastic open air museum. Beamish has got all the key things for a perfect day out with a little one – trams, trains, buses and lots of animals and new and exciting things to see!
#5. Weardale Railway
Take a trip on a steam engine through Weardale on the historic Weardale Railway. The train station is about 15 minutes’ walk from Heather View Holiday Park, and day rover tickets can be purchased so you can hop on and off the train as many times as you want during the day.
#6. Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool
Go for a dip in Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool which is heated, and open during the summer months. There is a separate warm toddler pool and little slide, as well as a toddler soft play and
#7. High Force Waterfall
Take your little one to see the 21m High Force Waterfall at Forest-In-Teesdale. The waterfall is just a short walk through woodland from the car park so is good for toddlers.
Heather View Holiday Park: Need To Know
Parking is available for 1 car per caravan at Heather View Holiday Park.
WIFI is available (payable extra). Free WIFI is available in the Crazy Bear
Bedding and linen is included.
Cots and highchairs are available to borrow at an extra cost.
Verdant Leisure also own 7 holiday parks across Northern England and Scotland.