Overlooking the River Tees in the picturesque village of Hurworth, close to the North Yorkshire…
Newbus Grange Country Park
“A nature lovers’ paradise” - VisitEngland Assessor
Neasham, County Durham
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The 12 acres of grounds and gardens that are today’s Newbus Grange Country Park, were originally a manor house’s rose garden. The park owns fishing rights for the stretch of the River Tees that meanders alongside; there’s also a children’s play area and an outdoor heated pool. Medieval Raby Castle, and the Head of Steam Museum in Darlington ought to be on your must-visit list.
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Discover County Durham
County Durham reaches halfway across England, from the North Pennines in the west, to the sea in the east. Much of it is very sparsely inhabited, and is naturally beautiful; a mix of rolling hills, monumental valleys, lush farmland and unforgiving moors. It’s strong on industrial heritage as well, and remnants of the now all-but-vanished mining industry are everywhere.
The City of Durham has a magnificent Cathedral which can be traced back to the establishment of a church in the 10thcentury as the final resting place of the miraculous remains of Saint Cuthbert. The Cathedral, alongside the city’s Castle (an 11th-century structure that now houses University College), were created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The area’s mining past is fully documented at the Durham Mining Museum; an amazing resource. Bishop Auckland is the other major settlement, and for centuries was run almost as an independent state by the powerful Bishops of Durham. These days it is still a bustling town with plenty of shops, historical interest and events like the annual food festival. The coastal town of Peterlee is unusual; it was set up as a new town to house Durham miners after WW2.
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