From Chester-le-Street, visit Beamish before passing through Consett en route to the magnificent scenery of the Derwent Valley. Visit Gibside before dropping into Gateshead. Pass the Penshaw Monument before hitting the Durham Heritage Coast to arrive at Hartlepool.
Enjoy the historic market town of Chester-le-Street, home to Durham County Cricket Club. Home to a Roman fort, Concangis, you take in the 11 arches of the Chester Burn viaduct Lumley Castle. Close by you will find the Beamish open air museum.
Consett sits at the edge of the Pennines on the eastern banks of the River Derwent. Steeped in the history of lead mining and the steel industry, the town is an ideal base to explore the surrounding countryside.
Situated on the River Derwent, in the Upper Derwent Valley, bordering Northumberland and Durham, Derwent Reservoir is a great place to take walk, follow a cycle path or enjoy a picnic. Surrounded by wildlife and stunning views, the Derwent Dam is much photographed landmark.
An 18th century designed estate in the Derwent Valley, you can enjoy 600 acres of views across countryside. Take a walk, explore the gardens, stable block, Neo-classical chapel and spot the local wildlife.
Talk a walk across the Millennium Bridge, Gateshead Quays or visit the converted mill that houses the Baltic Contemporary Centre for Art. Fancy some shopping? the Gateshead Metro Centre, Europe’s largest shopping and leisure centre is a must! Don’t miss the iconic Angel of the North statue.
Sitting atop Penshaw Hill you will discover the Earl of Durham’s Monument – a replica of Athen’s Temple of Hephaestus, the 70 foot high folly can be seen from miles around. Looking down from this point you can enjoy the views across the surrounding countryside, and may be take a walk though Penshaw Wood.
Durham Heritage Coast
Explore the stunning scenery of the Durham Heritage Coast. Beaches, rugged headlands and towering cliffs are cast on a canvass of dramatic landscape bordering the North Sea. Enjoy the fresh air, relax and enjoy!
Golden sands and over 1000 years of history greets you at Hartlepool, home to one of the largest shopping centres in the North East. Head for the award winning Historic Quay – a recreation of an 18th century seaport, HMS Trincomalee 1817 or Hartlepool Museum to explore the sights of the town.