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Toys Hill Town Image This hamlet is famous not for its attractive buildings, but mainly for a building long gone, its garden and the views.

Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust, lived nearby and in 1898 gave the Trust one of its first properties - the terrace and sunken well on the south side of the hill is all that remains. The Trust now owns some 200 acres of the hill.

The top of the hill is the site of Weardale Manor, destroyed during World War II, and relics of the landscaped gardens form the platform from which the best views of the Weald are obtained. An unusual feature is the old castellated water tower which has been preserved to create a bat hibernation site.

The area is criss-crossed by well maintained footpaths and there is ample parking. Nearby, to quench your thirst, is The Fox & Hounds, which also serves food.