What to see & do in Weardale, County Durham & Northumberland
Enjoy walking & cycling in the North Pennines & North Yorkshire
Many historic castles, museums & churches to visit
- This is an excellent area for walking and cycling – Hamsterley Forest, where cycle hire is available and Durham’s disused railway tracks are within easy reach and cover many miles – routes can be provided.
- An abundance of footpaths and bridleways are available to explore where rare birds and plants can be seen.
- Historic castles, Museums and Churches give an insight into the History of Northumbria.
- Idealy located for day trips to Newcastle, Durham City and the Coast.
- There are many sporting events within easy reach – County Cricket at Chester-le-Street; Horse racing at Newcastle, Sedgefield and Hexham; Athletics at Gateshead.
- The area offers many excellent country pubs for eating out.
Places to Visit
- Historic Castles and Churches – Raby Castle, Barnard Castle, Durham Cathedral.
- Museums – Bowes Museum, Beamish Open Air Museum, The North of England Lead Mining Museum at Killhope; Preston Hall Museum; Life Science Centre
- The Coast – Hartlepool Historic Quay; Saltburn Smugglers Heritage Centre; Holy Island and the Farne Islands ; Coast of Northumberland
- Market towns – Barnard Castle, Hexham, Alston
- Wildlife and Nature – Wildfowl and Wetland Trust; Nature’s World at the Botanic Centre; Otter Trust’s North Pennines Reserve; Northumberland National Park and Blue Reef Aquarium
- Shopping – Gateshead Metro Centre, Durham City, and Newcastle.
- The Arts – Baltic -The Centre for Contemporary Art; Gateshead Angel of the North; Train Sculpture;
- Keilder Castle Forest Park Centre – fishing, boating, riding, water sports with rare birds, deer and red squirrels.
- Hadrian’s Wall – Vindolanda, Housesteads and Chesters
- Fun for the family – Diggerland, Metroland, Teeside White Water Course
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