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Piercebridge Organic Farm, County Durham

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Piercebridge Organic Farm, County Durham

Located in the centre of this attractive village with its extensive Roman remains, Piercebridge Organic Farm rears organic chicken, beef cattle, sheep and pigs. Farmers Chris and Liz Hodgson have received awards from the Soil Association for their excellent organic produce and were featured in Rick Stein's Food Heroes of Great Britain. Visit the farm to find out more…

Organic livestock

Piercebridge Farm rears chickens for meat and also has a flock of 500 laying hens. Pigs, sheep and cattle are fattened on the organic pastures and widlflower meadows. The farm operates a traditional method of finishing sheep and cattle from the uplands on the lush lowland pastures during the spring and summer. All of the produce is available in the farm shop.

Roman remains

The remains of a Roman Fort and bridge can be seen on the farm. It was here that the Roman road called Dere Street crossed the Tees on its way from York to Newstead. At Piercebridge, Dere Street formed the main street of a Roman fort called Magis or Morbium. Much of the present village including the village green occupies the site of this fort. A number of Roman finds, notably coins and a bronze statue of two oxen and a ploughman have been found, the latter displayed in the British Museum.

Wildlife

The farm has a number of river meadows alongside the Tees rich in wildflowers. Birds on the farm include many that have become rare over the past few decades, including yellowhammers, skylarks, lapwings and curlews. Kingfishers can be seen along the river and nightjars can be heard in the summer.

Farm shop and cafe

The farm shop offers an extensive choice of organic food home-reared lamb and beef, free range chickens prepared in the traditional dry-plucked way, and locally-grown vegetables. A whole range of other products are offered. In the tea-room, visitors can enjoy home-made cakes and scones made to family recipes, light lunches and real ice cream.  

Arranging a visit   

The farm offers guided walks and visits for schools and groups. Contact the farm for shop opening times and to organise a group visit.  

How to get there   

The farm can be found in the centre of Piercebridge village, just off the A67.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website        

Contact details   

  • Liz Hodgson, Piercebridge Organic Farm, Piercebridge, Darlington, County Durham DL2 3SE   
  • T: 01325 374251   
  • piercebridgefarm@zoom.co.uk       
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