Etherley Parish Council

Etherley Parish Council - County Durham, UK.

Welcome to

Etherley Parish Council Website

Located in the heart of County Durham, on the outskirts of Teesdale and on the borders of Wear Valley, Etherley Parish is uniquely situated within beautiful countryside yet still benefiting from access to excellent local services.

The Parish of Etherley covers a wide rural area which includes, Low Etherley, Phoenix Row, High Etherley, Toft Hill, Etherley Bank, Spring Gardens, Hummerbeck, Bildershaw, Royal Oak, areas of West Auckland and many outlying farms and properties. The rural nature of the Parish provides a beautiful location to live, work and enjoy.

The Parish has a huge network of public rights of way, most of which provide stunning panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. Visit for more information about our public rights of way and access to definitive public rights of way online maps.

The Parish has a range of local services and facilities including an Outstanding Primary School, two popular churches, Community Centre providing excellent facilities, hairdressers, public houses at Toft Hill, High Etherley and Spring Gardens, a Cricket Club social club and a thriving cafe on the A68. A bus service also operates from Toft Hill/Etherley to Bishop Auckland. The Parish is also fortunate to be within easy driving distance from a major retail park providing many shopping outlets and eating establishments.

Some Links to Information


The History of Etherley can be seen on this page.

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Full information about the Community Association and it's events...

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News about Etherley Parish and a full list of events can be found by clicking the below...

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Village Fete

The Village Fete

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Our History

Today the population of Etherley Parish stands at 2431 inhabitants with all dwellings having piped water, bathrooms and inside toilets. Not so very along ago, fifty years infact, the picture was very different with a parish population of 1835 - over 40 dwellings without piped water, 365 dwellings using outside toilets and a staggering 405 dwellings with no bathroom.