The cottage sits half way up the hill with views both across the valley floor and up towards the northern hills. You can join one of the many signposted walks or cycle-rides close by the house, and find yourself exploring some of the old railway cuttings that criss-cross Co. Durham that take in much of the unseen scenery and history of the area, from hidden rivers, past old bridges to small forgotten Pit villages.

Durham Cathedral  

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is the greatest Norman building in England, perhaps even in Europe. It is cherished not only for its architecture but also for its incomparable setting. For this reason it was inscribed together with the Castle as one of Britain's first World Heritage Sites. In a nationwide BBC poll held in 2001 it was voted the nation's best-loved building. Like Hadrian's Wall and the Angel of the North, it is an icon of north-east England, its image is instantly recognisable to people who love this part of Britain.

Durham Cathedral and the river Wear
The river Wear - Durham

Durham Castle

Durham Castle is a Norman castle in the city of Durham, England, which has been wholly occupied since 1840 by University College, Durham. It is open to the general public to visit, but only through guided tours, since it is in use as a working building and is home to over 100 students. The castle stands on top of a hill above the River Wear on Durham's peninsula, opposite Durham Cathedral.

The castle was originally built in the 11th century as a projection of the Norman king's power in the north of England, as the population of England in the north remained "wild and fickle" following the disruption of the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is an example of the early motte and bailey castles favoured by the Normans. The holder of the office of the Bishop of Durham was appointed by the King to exercise royal authority on his behalf, the Castle was his seat.
  Durham Castle
Beamish Open Air Museum  

Beamish Open Air Museum

Beamish Open Air Museum is located at Beamish, near the town of Stanley, County Durham. The museum's guiding principle is to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the climax of industrialisation in the early 20th century.

Much of the restoration and interpretation is specific to the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, together with portions of countryside under the influence of industrial revolution in 1825. On its 300-acre (120 hectare) estate it utilises a mixture of translocated, original and replica buildings; a huge collection of artifacts, working vehicles and equipment; as well as livestock and costumed interpreters.

The Angel Of The North

Instantly recognisable against the Tyneside skyline, Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North is probably the country’s most famous work of public modern art.

Unveiled in 1998, it is seen by an estimated 90,000 people every day, either from the East Coast mainline railway or the A1.

Standing on a site that was once occupied by a colliery, the work pays tribute to the industrial heritage of the North East.

The Angel which weighs about 200 tons,spreads its 54m wings to welcome all who enter Tyneside, and remind them of the workers who once mined coal in the ground underneath.
  The Angel Of The North
Hadrians Wall  

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is 73 miles or 120 km long. The building of the wall begun in AD 122

Hadrian’s Wall extended west from Segedunum at Wallsend on the River Tyne to the shore of the Solway Firth. The middle section of the wall is particularly well preserved. Walks along the wall will take you through some stunning countryside and you will find the remains of the major forts (Birdoswald, Housesteads, Chesters), mile castles and turrets.

High Force

High Force is a waterfall on the River Tees, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, Teesdale, County Durham. The waterfall is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and European Geopark.

A walk from Low force, down stream to High Force, offers beautiful Riverside scenery with plenty of opportunities to picnic and paddle.
  High Force
Raby Castle  

Raby Castle

Raby Castle is situated near Staindrop in County Durham and is one of the best preserved and largest inhabited castles in England. The Grade I listed building has opulent eighteenth and nineteenth century interiors inside a largely unchanged, late medieval shell. It is the home and seat of John Vane, 11th Baron Barnard, who is the present lord of the castle. The castle is famed for both the size of the building and the artworks contained within it, including famous old masters and examples of portraiture.

Along with the deer park and gardens it is open most days through the Summer.

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