With some awesome road trip options in the surrounding area, renting a car makes good sense. Without one, it’d be much harder to explore everything that Barnard Castle, 16 miles away, has to offer. Among your first few stops here ought to be High Force, Low Force and Eggleston Hall. Don’t skip Ambleside either! Just 20 miles away, Lake Windermere, World of Beatrix Potter and Bowness Pier are essential stops here.