The small market town of Barnard Castle and the surrounding area of Teesdale is being promoted to visitors by a small but dedicated group of people are aiming to implement Barnard Castle Vision; an ambitious 20-year plan for the regeneration and development of the town.
“Lots of great artists have been inspired by this area and the dramatic, rugged landscape,” says the Chairman of the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership. “The artist Turner painted it and Charles Dickens researched Nicholas Nickleby here. We aim to raise the profile of the area and want people to realise that we’ve got a gorgeous landscape right here.”
The group's first step was to engage the local community in the possibilities for regeneration, with a series of local events and workshops. More than 80 community projects have been suggested ranging from heritage projects to youth schemes. National Lottery funding will be shared out to get these projects underway. Ideas such as the restoration of historic walks and viewpoints mean that visitors can be inspired by the landscape as Turner once was. The focus of the programme is celebrating the area's rich heritage from the Roman era and through the Industrial Revolution.