On the doorstep…


Dark Sky Discovery Site

North Pennines

The North Pennines has some of the darkest skies in the UK and The Aspens is situated very close to several Dark Skies Discovery Sites

  • Hury Reservoir
  • Balderhead Reservoir
  • Selset Reservoir
  • Grassholme Reservoir

Grassholme Observatory is only a mile from The Aspens and information and booking can be found at www.grassholmeobservatory.com

It is open September – May. 

Guests of The Aspens can enjoy a discounted rate of £18.00 per ticket.

All of the above sites are designated with the light pollution being minimal.  With the Milky Way and the Orion constellations often visible from the North Pennines and The Aspens, if gazing in wonder at the night sky is something which interests you, you are in for a treat.

Make sure and turn off the indoor and outdoor lights.  Binoculars (and warm clothing!) are useful to bring…and simply marvel at the night sky.  See things with the naked eye that are simply not possible to see from towns and urban areas.

Once outside, make yourselves comfortable on the outdoor rocking chairs and loungers  and simply enjoy the amazing dark skies.

The best times of year to enjoy this experience are Autumn, Winter and early Spring on clear nights.



In The High Pennines

Aerial view of The Aspens and Reservoir

Two Long Distance Footpaths

Situated close to Grassholme Resevoir in the Lunedale tributary of the mighty River Tees, The Aspens boasts superior walking with public footpath’s close to the cottage.

National Cycling Network

Cyclists can enjoy a patchwork of quiet lanes with good climbs and access to routes 7 and 70 of the national cycling network paths are within a short ride. Details are here.


Grassholme Reservoir

Reservoir Teesdale

Local Fishing

Fishing is available from the end of  March  to the end of October.

Anyone wishing to fish must have their own rod fishing licence – https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences

Fishing Permits at Grassholme

£24 per day for 5 fish

£28 per day for 8 fish



Fine Dining

Local Restaurants & Pubs

The Aspens is situated in an area proud of it’s agricultural heritage. We are fortunate to have a diverse range of eating and drinking venues within a short drive.  Some of our favourites include:

A great place for Sunday lunch or mid-week dinner. Their menu boasts fresh ingredients and is changed frequently.

For a fine dining experience head to the beautiful village of Romaldkirk and the renowned Rose and Crown.

Authentic Indian restaurant and take-away with the added bonus of delicious, freshly made cocktails for something a little different.

A delightfully located cafe which boasts a delcious menu and is situated within the walled garden which specialises in the sale of rare and unusual herbaceous plants.


Places of Interest

Museums, Galleries & Great Days Out

Enjoy a day discovering some of the wonderful attractions situated within a short drive of The Aspens.

Right on our doorstep is the world class Grassholme Observatory situated in the Dark Skies Discovery Sites. 

The North’s museum of art, fashion and design boasting permanent and visiting exhibitions. There is a cafe and beautiful grounds.

One of England’s finest medieval castles set in 200 acres of fine parkland boasting a deer park, cafe and many activities throughout the year.

Visit a most spectacular watefall at High Force (chargeable) or the sequence of drops over the 295 million year old Whinsill rock. Perfect for a gentle stroll, for photography or simply to admire the power of the river as it tumbles on it’s way downstream.

The gateway to the AONB and UNESCO global geopark, Bowlees is a perfect starting point if you would like to learn more about our ancient landscape. With a cafe, book shop and activities.

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The Aspens, Lane Head Farm, Kelton, Middleton-in-Teesdale DL12 0PP
The Aspens, Lane Head Farm, Kelton, Middleton-in-Teesdale

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