Category: Northern England

Stargazing and Photos at Low and High Force, Durham

The Durham Dales, packed full of dark sky locations. A perfect part of the country for stargazing and/or taking great pics of the night sky. In fact did you know that The North Pennines has more Dark Sky Discovery Sites than anywhere else in the UK.  It was time to learn a new type of photography and excitedly headed into the dark of these Dales to Low and High Force, fantastic natural landmarks and sights to behold at any time of the day. These photos are not perfect by any means at all, but from what I would have...

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The Old Durham Gardens

Durham is a wonderful City for river walks. Being a small compact City it only takes literally minutes to be within peaceful countryside surroundings. Be they woodlands, open fields or small hilltops with great views. Head South out of the City on the River Wear, on the Eastern side, and within a mile you can find a historic garden, totally away from any hustle and bustle. In fact this is just one of many great stops along a walk I will detail for you soon. Old Durham Gardens are really hidden away seemingly in the middle of the countryside,...

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Lyme Hall and Park, A Cheshire Delight

Lyme Hall is a grade l listed building set amongst the most ornate gardens and surrounded by 1300 acres of estate and deer park which is made up of moorland and woodland in Disley, Stockport, in Cheshire. Lyme Hall was originally a hunting lodge built in a remote location overlooking the Cheshire plains. The first record of a house being on the site was from a manuscript dated 1465 but it wasn’t until much later that this was demolished and a much grander palatial hall was built on the site. During the early part of the eighteenth century the Venetian architect, Giacomo Lioni was appointed to make changes to the hall including the courtyard and other...

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Food and Drink On A Durham City Break

Food and drink I feel is an important part of any City Break! During a recent City break in Durham I took the opportunity to try a couple of the many independent eateries of the City. I went for variety and to my tastes and was not let down at all. I can honestly say from my time there that there is a choice for everyone to enjoy a wonderful meal with superb Durham settings. My first tip will be Zen. And before you walk in the door you get a real sense of the modern, fresh design of...

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Durham – The Botanic Garden

A feast for the eyes, a feast for the mind. Exactly how I felt taking in the Durham University Botanic Gardens during my weekend break in the City. I took it in as part of a much bigger walk that I shall talk about separately but this place made me pause and slow down and enjoy walking amongst colour and scenery. Situated near Greys College as part of Durham University it is located away from any hustle and bustle yet not far from the centre at all. An Oasis on the edge of the City of Durham that has...

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Durham – Wharton Park to City Views

It was the beginning of a weekend break in Durham. A City I had only briefly explored in the past but now I could explore more thoroughly the history, views and nature, plus much more. The more I read the more I realised that I was going to discover much variety and there was a lot to see. So where to start? Well, Wharton Park was perfect! Only a few minutes walk North out of the centre, near the railway station, in fact you don’t realise you have gradually climbed up enough to see the best views over the...

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