Bowes, situated close to Barnard Castle, is a village in County Durham located in the Pennine hills. The village is built around the medieval Bowes Castle which was built within the perimeter of the former Roman fort of Lavatrae in the 12th century, Lavatrae being the Roman name for Bowes. Sleightholme Beck which passes through a narrow gorge between the hamlet of Sleightholme and the confluence with the River Greta is known as The Troughs, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Middleton-in-Teesdale is a small, attractive well set out market town in County Durham and is surrounded by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town expanded in the early 19th century when the London Lead Company moved its northern headquarters there from Blanchland in Northumberland and a lot of the architecture from this time can still be seen.