Bowes is quiet now, and it's hard to remember that heavy lorries thundered along the A66 up and down the village street. The site of the castle was once the Roman fort Lavatrae, whose ramparts can still be traced. The Roman garrison had a bath 27 feet long by 18 feet wide - traces are still visible in a field south of the church.
17 recently refurbished rooms, consisting of Doubles, Twins, triples, 2 self contained cottages that sleep 4 and an apartment that sleeps 8. We serve freshly cooked meals, offer full english and continental breakfasts, packed lunches on request (pre booked), our bar offers a choice of draughts, spirits and wines, along with hot beverages, snacks and cakes. A perfect place to relax after a day of exploring the Pennine way. Check in is available from 3pm and check out is 10am, we are able to offer an earlier/ late check in / out for an additional charge, subject to availability.
Pennine Way (Bowes Loop)/Pennine Journey/North West Way: leave the path and turn right onto The Street, the Ancient Unicorn is 795 feet on the left hand side. Walney to Wear/Walney to Whitby: route passes the door.
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