Daddry_Shield is situated between St_John's_Chapel and Westgate, and is a short walking distance from both villages.
Westgate is the entrance to Slitt Wood and the West Rigg Geotrail, a 3-mile walk through a dramatic North Pennine dale in miniature. Village pub the Hare_and Hounds has offered a selection of local hand-pulled and guest ales and beers. Its Sunday roast is popular among the locals. St John's Chapel features a splendid Georgian church on the site of an original 15th-Century chapel. It boasts 2 Cafes, a Dales and Lakes (a Co-operactive shop) and a Post Office . Pubs in the village include The Blue Bell and The Golden Lion and are an integral part of the local community.
The largest settlement in Upper Weardale is Stanhope (6 miles from the cottage) – a lovely town to spend the day. Don't miss the spectacular fossilized tree stump (originally from a quarry near Edmundbyers) in the churchyard.
Visit the Durham Dales Centre and relax or have fun at the Weardale_Open_Air Swimming_Pool. Have a ride on the Weardale_Railway which runs between Stanhope and Wolsingham – it is the only heritage railway based on part of the world first Stockton and Darlington Railway.
Those interested in local history should visit the Killhope_Lead_Mining_Museum (6 miles). You can have hands-on experiences of what life was like in the lead mines. Gift shop, cafe, impressive underground tour, waterwheels, dazzling mineral/spar box exhibition, woodland trails and red squirrel hide.
A visit to Weardale_Museum will reveal quite a few cultural gems. Catch a glimpse of home life for lead miners a century ago. Discover how lead miners combined mining with work on the farm.
9 miles across the hill you will come across High Force, England's biggest waterfall, with a spectacular 70-feet drop.
Alston (14 miles), England’s highest altitude market town, is well worth a visit too. An array of small independent shops, galleries, unspoilt streets and a choice of quality cafes and restaurants await you.
As Byre Cottage is conveniently located near the border of Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria, you can manage day trips to all the fantastic areas in the North either taking the A686 to M6, or through A689 to A1(M). You can even visit the Yorkshire Dales through High Force.