Just a note about places to eat in Middleton-in-Teesdale. The Bridge Inn is closed and this is the only place mentioned in the Trailblazer guide as serving sit down evening food in the town. However, there are two other pub/restaurants that it doesn’t mention, which was something of a relief for me.
The Teesdale Hotel serves pub meals and the Foresters, just across the road from it serves slightly more up-Market fayre. Both open from about 6:30pm onwards.
Hope that helps.