- Cycling -
If challenges are your thing, then you're in the right place - the cottages are close to the North Pennines which includes some of the highest road climbs in England, Killhope Cross and nearby Harthope Moss, both reaching 627m; you can find out about them here.
Hamsterley Forest is around 7 miles from each of the cottages with extensive forest cycle trails, great for mountain bikers.
There's a useful resource for cyclists to find suitable routes on the This is Durham website.
Jackdaw's Perch cottage has a cycle-friendly lockable outhouse and a yard where you can hose down and clean your bike.