Classic car hire at The Rose & Crown Romaldkirk

By Charlotte Winterbourne

Explore the scenic, traffic-free roads of the North Pennines with classic car hire at 18th century coaching inn, The Rose & Crown in Romaldkirk.

Teesdale, part of the unspoilt Durham Dales, is the ideal base for guests to traverse magnificent routes, passing by undulating landscapes, pretty villages and historic attractions along the way.

Sitting between Swaledale to the south and Weardale to the north, Teesdale offers drivers endless possibilities, and the Lake District is within comfortable reach for those who wish to venture a little further afield. Whilst guests may explore where the road less travelled takes them, The Rose & Crown has also compiled a list of tried and tested routes, showcasing the picturesque scenery of County Durham and North Yorkshire.

Tour of Teesdale

Guests can enjoy a scenic trip around charming Teesdale. Follow the River Tees down to Barnard Castle passing through the quaint villages of Cotherstone and Lartington. After crossing the bridge in Barnard Castle and heading up through the town, guests can follow the road out to Eggleston and then on up to Middleton-in-Teesdale before returning to Romaldkirk via Mickleton.
Approximately 25 miles

Teesdale and Arkengarthdale

Venture past Teesdale, heading over to Brough and Kirby Stephen on the edge of Cumbria. Follow the road to idyllic North Yorkshire, through to Arkengarthdale before a leisurely stop in the highest pub in the UK, Tan Hill. Guests can then make their way back over ‘the Stang’ back to Barnard Caste.
Approximately 60 miles

Teesdale & Weardale

Drive up beyond Teesdale and continue north west over to Alston on stunningly remote roads. Return down Weardale, before passing through Stanhope, and then past the tranquil Hamsterly Forest, back to Romaldkirk.
Approximately 60 miles

Enjoy driving these serene routes with a classic car from the carefully curated selection of The Rose & Crown. The inn boasts three classic cars; an iconic Audi Quattro, the legendary Mercedes SL380, and an immaculate Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage Volante, all available for guests to hire at The Rose & Crown. Hire prices vary from £135 to £350 and are dependent on varying factors.

The Rose & Crown is a beautiful coaching inn that stands next to a traditional Saxon church in the picturesque village of Romaldkirk. Perfectly placed for navigating the North Pennines, the dog-friendly inn provides an idyllic base for exploring the serene Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Stay at The Rose & Crown from £75pp (based on two sharing) including full English breakfast and two-course à la carte dinner. Serving an extensive selection, including venison bourguignon pie, grilled seabass and reared pork loin, enjoy comforting dishes that showcase the best of Teesdale suppliers and produce. The rate is available Sunday-Friday.

For more information about The Rose & Crown, visit or call 01833 650 213

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