C2C (Coast 2 Coast)

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This long distance trail combines a gentle passage through the Lake District, a demanding crossing of the Pennines, and ends with a downhill decents to the east cost of northern England.

  • 136 Mile Cycle
  • 5 Stages
  • West to east
  • Off-Road Routes

Weardale Railway

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The Weardale Railway, has now been connected to the national rail network via Bishop Auckland - it has never been easier to arrange day drips to London or Edinburgh.

  • Single Track
  • 25 Mile Track
  • Bishop Auckland - Stanhope

Metro Centre

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In 1980 few people realised that, when a power statio's waterlogged ash dump on the outskirts of Gateshead was chosen for development, the North East of England would be pioneering a retail revolution.

  • 35 Minute Drive
  • Cinema
  • Largest Shopping Centre in Europe

Durham Cathedral

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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.

  • 35 Minute Drive
  • Built 1093
  • Shrine of St Cuthbert
  • 40 Years to Build

Hamsterley Forest

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2000 hectares of mixed woodland lying between the Wear and Tees valleys on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  • 15 Minute Drive
  • AONB
  • Tea Room
  • Waymarked Walks

Killhope Wheel

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Killhope - set in the centre of the North Pennines in the Durham Dales - is a real adventure.

  • 40 Minute Drive
  • ANOB
  • Lead Mining
  • Industrial Museum

Beamish Museum

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Beamish stands in 300 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside. Most of the house, shops and other buildings you see here have been brought to Beamish, rebuilt and furnished as they once were.

  • 35 Minute Drive
  • Open-Air Museum
  • Livestock
  • Costumed Interpreters

High Force

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High Force sudddenly and spectaculary drops 70 feet into a plunge pool below, making its England's highest uninterrupted drop of water.

  • 55 Minute Drive
  • Gift Shop
  • Highest Uninterrupted Waterfall in England

Hall Hill Farm

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Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of County Durham, Hall Hill Farm is a mixed farm of 290 hectares. There are lots of friendly animals waiting to meet you. Bottle feed the lambs, fluffy chicks, inquisitive goats, the magnificent Highland Cattle and the children's favourite, rabbits and guinea pigs to cuddle and stroke.

  • Friendly animals
  • Set in County Durham
  • Holiday Cottages
  • Adopt an animal

Durham Gala

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The talented stars of our Gala Theatre Stage School are staging the legendary Broadway musical Les Miserables. This epic story will be one of their most memorable productions to date, and tickets are selling well.

  • Theatre
  • Conference
  • Cafe
  • Cinema