She’s a curious dog, and there’s much to be curious about in this part of the country. Sheep abound in these hills.
The jewel of the northeast, Durham is an architectural marvel, the columns being a distinguishing feature.
Hiking opportunities are everywhere in this part of the country, and Chelsea took advantage of every trail she came across.
The River Wear meanders through the county, and right through the heart of Durham itself offering plenty of leisure water activities.
Beware! This pub claims to be the most haunted in Durham and though we didn’t make any ghostly friends, we have no reason to doubt their claim.
The Venerable Bede
Bede is buried in Durham Cathedral, in what used to be the Lady Chapel. A Benedictine monk of the 8th century, Bede wrote several books and became known as the “Father of English HIstory.”
Sheep out-populate people in many parts of this bucolic countryside, and that’s just fine by us.
Durham Market Square
If you want to hear the heartbeat of Durham, this is it. Never quiet, never lonely, Durham’s market square is an ever-bustling center.
Just steps from the hustle and bustle of lively Durham can be found peace, quiet, and calm along the River Wear.
We walked in his footsteps a few years ago from Melrose, Scotland to Holy Island, and seeing his tomb fulfilled a personal quest. Cuthbert transformed lives and landscape in northeast England, his final resting place behind the high altar at Durham Cathedral.
Any long hike will naturally take you through and alongside the wheatfields that compete with sheep for landscape dominance.
The Marquess of Londonderry
Charles William Vane Tempest Stewart and his noble steed dominate Durham’s market square. Better known as the Marquess, Londonderry fought in many battles but he also owned many coal mines in the area. His statue has stood here since 1861…mostly.
Durham Cathedral’s cloisters were featured in a few Harry Potter scenes but far more important than that, these hallowed grounds have hosted clergy, monks, and worshipers since the 12th century. It’s also dog friendly and a perfect respite from the outside world.