Hardwick Park


Hardwick country park, just outside Sedgefield, was laid out in the 18th C, but had fallen into disrepair before restoration beginning in 2001.

Parish church, Sedgefield.

Bolton Abbey walk 


Starting with lunch in the serviceable, but interesting, cafe of the Embsay and Bolton Abbey preserved railway.


The initial destination of Simon’s Seat, after passing through the oddly named Valley of Desolation.

“Captain Grouse“!


(L) The surprisingly impressive ruins of Barden Tower, built in the late 15th C by Henry Clifford. (R) Unfortunately the neighbouring Priest’s Hole restaurant seemed to have abandoned the tea terrace promised in the guide book…

Ushaw College


(L) Main chapel and (R) lecture theatre in the former Ushaw College Catholic seminary, just west of Durham. The building was started in 1804 to accommodate the founding French seminary which was suppressed in 1793 following the French Revolution. The college closed in 2011 due to falling numbers.


Late April 2015