Natural England - Moor House - Upper Teesdale: how to get there

Moor House - Upper Teesdale: how to get there

The reserve is situated in the heart of the North Pennines and is in two parts on either side of the Durham – Cumbria county boundary.

Natural sculpture in a head shape © Natural England

We encourage the use of sustainable transport whenever possible.

By bike

Sustrans National Cycle Route 68external link, the Pennine Cycleway, the Eden Valley Cycleway and the C2C all run close to the Moor House side of the NNR.

Secure bike parking is available at Cow Green Reservoir, at Tees Bridge on the Garrigill to Moor House track, and at the NNR entrance on the Knock to Great Dun Fell road.

By bus

A limited bus service runs from Middleton-in-Teesdale to Langdon Beck (and Cow Green on request). Phone Alston Road Garage for details and times, tel: 01833 640213.

There is no bus service to the Moor House side of the reserve.

For information on public transport phone the local Tourist Information centres:

  • Middleton-in-Teesdale 01833 641001

  • Alston 01434 382244

  • Appleby 017683 51177

Travel Line 0870 6082608 can also help in the Teesdale area.

By car

The Upper Teesdale side of the NNR can be reached from the B6277 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Alston road. The nearest car parks are at Cow Green Reservoir (along a minor road signposted from Langdon Beck), High Force, Hanging Shaw and Bowlees.

Access to the Moor House side of the NNR is along minor roads from Garrigill and Knock, and then on foot or bicycle to the NNR.


The remote and dramatic landscape of Moor House-Upper Teesdale can be enjoyed via the Pennine Way national trail, the Public Rights of Way network and Open Access land.

Discovering Britain is an exciting series of geographically-themed walks that aim to bring the stories of our landscape alive and to inspire everyone to explore and learn more about Britain. You can follow a walk which takes in this National Nature Reserveexternal link.

The NNR is covered by OS Outdoor Leisure maps OL31 North Pennines and OL19 Howgill Fells.

There are public toilets (including disabled access) next to Bowlees car park and at High Force car park.