Gainford, in County Durham, is the perfect place to stay for those who want a mix of the countryside and the hustle and bustle of the northern towns and cities. The Yorkshire Dales and the Pennines are within easy reach (as are Northumberland and the Teesdale Way) and the Lake District is an easy drive away. Darlington and Middlesbrough are close by for those looking for some retail therapy and great night life.
The village has a great sense of community with a fantastic local pub and a Victorian stone cross in the village green. The town of Barnard Castle is just 8 miles away with all the amenities you could want, including a supermarket, antique shops and a chemist. For days out, there are some excellent attractions in the area including Raby Castle near Darlington and The Bowes Museum and Egglestone Abbey in Barnard Castle.