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Startforth Rural District was a rural district in the North Riding of the historic county of Yorkshiremarker in the Pennines of northern Englandmarker.

It was formed in 1894 under the Local Government Act 1894. It constituted the part of the Teesdale Rural Sanitary District that was in the North Riding (the rest being in County Durham).

In 1974, the district was abolished and formed part of the Teesdalemarker district of the non-metropolitan county of County Durham.

It comprised the area south of the River Teesmarker between Cow Green Reservoir and Gainfordmarker, and north of the modern administrative border between County Durham and North Yorkshire.

The area is hilly and fairly sparsely populated. Places within it included:



Reservoirs and lakes

Fells and moors


Rivers and beck


The Pennine Waymarker also passes through the area.

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