The River Derwent running through north County Durham, has created verdant river valleys, contrasting with rocky crags and moorland. Derwent Reservoir is popular for angling and sailing and home to a variety of wild fowl. Ancient woodland in the north of the County offers shelter to the endangered Red Squirrel.
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Wolsingham is often called the Gateway to Weardale. Originally a Saxon settlement but became for many centuries the market town for lower Weardale.
Bishop Auckland Ancient and historic market town, seat of the Bishop of Durham since the th century. The largest town in the Wear Valley, lively, with good shopping and busy markets Thursdays and Saturday.
The east of County Durham is undergoing extensive regeneration. Turning the Tide is an innovative project committed to cleaning up the area after hundreds of years of coal mining. Today you will find sandy beaches at Seaham and Crimdon. You can walk the mile Durham coastal footpath, enjoying fine views. Grassland meadows, wooded valleys and wildlife habitats have been restored and east County Durham has been designated a Heritage Coast.
Durham Castle, together with the Cathedral, was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site in providing international recognition for this unique, historic and scenic site.
Frosterley was once an important centre for the limestone industry. Its renowned marble, an ornate limestone containing million year old fossil corals, can be seen in Frosterley Parish Church.
To the south is the attractive market town ofBishop Auckland, the country seat of the Bishops of Durham since the th century.
Teesdale is situated on the east side of the Pennine Hills and is home to Englands biggest watell, High Force at feet it is a renowned feature of rugged upper Teesdale. High Force is also situated adjacent to one of the most attractive sections of thePennine Way.
The Lead Mining Museum at Killhope tells the story of the lead mining industry during the boom years in the th century. It is the best preserved lead mining site in Britain, and centres on the reconstructed Victorian Park Level Mine, and Park Level Mill with its huge working water wheel. Here you can take a trip down the mine, and above ground you can see how the miners lived.
Easington village is conveniently situated to the east of the A trunk road with easy access to many sites of natural beauty, and within easy access of the large towns of Sunderland, Durham and Hartlepool.
Fishburn is a quiet and pleasant small village, situated between Sedgefield and Trimdon Village. It was once a pit village and is a very closeknit community.
Regarded as one of Durham Wildlife Trusts premier reserves, this hectare wetland site contains mixed woodlands and grasslands. A recently refurbished visitor centre is open to the public and something of interest can be seen throughout the year.
Situated above the River Wear, the town is dominated by its magnificent Cathedral and Castle, and is now a World Heritage Site.
The County is still known as the Land of the Prince Bishops referring to the period in history when the Bishops of Durham were granted the right to rule this part of northern England, creating their own armies, holding their own courts, minting their own money and imposing their own taxes.
Aycliffe village is another gem with a delightful village green surrounded by historic houses. Shildon is the railway town from where George Stephensons Locomotion took the inaugural run of Stockton to Darlington Railway. Visitors to Shildon can visit the attraction Locomotion, which houses many engines from the National Railway Museums collection.
Tourism in County Durham often begins in the Durham Dales in the west of the County, one of Britains Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dont miss inBarnard Castle, a market town which is a well situated base for exploring the upper dales.
The southern region of County Durham is both agricultural and industrial. Attractive towns and villages such as Heighington, with its picturesque village green and Sedgefield with its land mark St Edmunds Church, and the National Hunt racecourse.
Crook Hall built in the th century is one of the oldest inhabited houses in Durham. The Hall is a jumble of buildings reflecting its historical development.
Durham City The jewel in the countys crown! Compact enough to explore on foot but so exceptional that its magnificent Norman Castle and Cathedral are a World Heritage Site.
One of Englands most popular attractionsBeamish Open Air Museum, is situated near Stanley and makes a great day out for all the mily.
In the London Lead company eslished its northern headquarters at Middleton in Teesdale and the impact can be seen in the many buildings which symbolise late Victorian prosperity.
Barnard Castle is a historic thriving market town, which developed in the protective shadow of Bernard Balliols castle. Built on a fine defensive site in , the castle is in the care of English Heritage and is open to the public.
Between Teesdale and Weardale is the , acre Hamsterley Forest managed by the Forestry Commission. The beautiful mixed forest is home to a variety of wildlife, and has several way marked walks and cycle routes, car parks, a playpark, and picnic areas. The visitor centre is worth visiting and holds many interesting events.
Weardale has wonderful scenery and has several circular walks as well as the mile Weardale Way, which follows the River Wear from Monkwearmouth toWear Head. The stone built towns and villages in this area have a unique character and are worth visiting. At the historic market town ofStanhope, in the former grounds of Stanhope Castle is the Durham Dales Centre, with an awardwinning visitor Centre.
A short distance west is Englands longest watell Cauldron Snout feet of Tees water creates a spectacular sight. Teesdale has many waymarked walks by the river, through woodland and interesting villages. Cyclists are catered for with National Byway signposts to indicate quiet country lanes, safe for cycling.
Nearby is Causy Arch, the worlds oldest railway bridge still in existence. A single span bridge, the first of its kind to be built, it stands over feet high above Beamish Burn it was constructed in and is over feet long. Visitors to the bridge can enjoy a trip on the worlds oldest railway Tanfield Railway, opened in its original purpose was to carry coal from nearby collieries to the River Tyne.
County Durham in the north east of England contains archaeological evidence dating to Roman times.
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Weardale was the ancient hunting ground of the Prince Bishops, and later a centre of the mining industry, for coal, iron ore, limestone and slate.
You can find County Durham Tourist Information in the Historic County Town,Durham.
Set in the grounds of Beamish Hall in ChesterleStreet, Beamish Wild Birds of Prey Centre is a purposebuilt conservation centre providing an educational and fun day out for all the mily.
Visit the Bowes Museum, an impressive mansion in the of a French chateau, which houses one of the finest collections of European art, ceramics and furniture. A few miles to the north isRaby Castle, whose history dates back nearly years.
Crook is a small bustling town with an open Market Place, good selection of pubs, coffee shops and restaurants and a wide variety of shops, including ctory shops.
With so much to offer the ancient Land of the Prince Bishops has everything you need for a wonderful holiday.
Nestled between Stanley in County Durham and Rowlands Gill in the borough of Gateshead sits one of the North East Greatest secrets. The village of Burnopfield sits on the top of a hill that overlooks the Tyne Valley.
The historic market town of Stanhope with its cobbled Market Place, stands on the banks of the river Wear and has a strong industrial heritage, which stems from mining lead and quarrying limestone for iron and steel .
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