The Lake District National Park covers an area of around 885 square miles. It is the biggest of 11 national parks which found in England and Wales. You will find over 1,800 miles of footpaths winding through some of Britain's most gorgeous countryside.
Wordsworth and Ruskin used the area's natural beauty to provide inspiration for their works. With a blend of spectacular mountains, peaceful lakes, rolling hills and busy little market towns, the Lake District is a really exceptional part of England. The area around Grasmere, Coniston, Ambleside, & Windermere are popular for walking and cycling.
This is a magnificent Norman Cathedral and one of the best in Europe. Built in 1093, it is the shrine of St Cuthbert and together with Durham Castle, is a World Heritage Site. The tower was rebuilt between 1465 and 1490. During the Reformation the inside of the Cathedral was damaged quite significantly.
A large part of the woodwork was destroyed by 3,000 Scots prisoners held there after the Battle of Dunbar (1650) who used it as firewood. Finally, the building was repaired in the 18th century and then improved during the 19th century.
County Durham is part of the ancient Northern Kingdom of Northumbria which is the border area between England and Scotland. For many centuries, the county was ruled by vice-regal Prince Bishops who made a key contribution to the area's exceptional history. County Durham is a blend of Christian, social and industrial heritage and has some of England's most beautiful and unspoilt landscape.
Low Force is a waterfall on the River Tees. It is not quite as powerful as it used to be due to a dam being built further upstream but is still a spectacular sight. The dam was built to help preserve the water for use by local commuities in their everyday life.
It is located higher up the River Tees nearer to the source. It is possible to walk up to its larger neighbour High Force.
If you're based in Middlesbrough or Teesside then you have the advantage of being within an hour's drive of a variety of beautiful areas.
If you like the coastline then take your pick of anywhere between Redcar to Scarborough to the South and anywhere from Seaton Carew to South Shields to the North. It can be a bit windswept at times, but that's half of the attraction!! What do you expect to do? Sunbathe?!
If you like tranquility then you're a short drive from the Cleveland Hills and North York Moors. Again, the Moors can be an acquired taste because of their somewhat bleak appearance, but the Cleveland Hills provide great views from almost their whole length. Like any National Park, the Moors have their 'honeypots', such as Helmsley or Whitby, although officially these town are just outside of the Park itself. Be especially aware of the large group of motorcycle enthusiasts that congregate inHelmsley on weekends!! Unless you're a motorcyclist of course......
Aimed more at local people i think this is deffinatly worth a trip if you are into 'green' issues. A little like a garden but with more too do. The theme is environmentally friendly. They are heavily into recycling and comunity involvement, and have many interesting features like the tire garden and mini beast safari. There is a scale model of the tees from source to sea, and a hydroponicum. I really enjoyed my visit here - there is plenty for kids to do and you never know you might even learn something
Kirkstone Pass reaches an altitude of 454m / 1489ft . There are fabulous views as you drive through this area.
The Kirkstone Pass Inn is on the main road which goes through the Kirkstone Pass and over to Patterdale and Ullswater.
The Inn has a history back to 1496 and is the third highest pub in England
Durham Castle dates back to 1072 when the castle was the seat of the prince Bishops. It was considerably extended and improved into a lavish residence. The Great Hall was built in 13th century and in 1660, Bishop Cosin had the cathedral and the castle restored during the Restoration.
In 1836 the Castle was transferred to Durham University and the Prince Bishops official seat was moved to their country resident, Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland. The University still owns the castle.
Hartlepool's origins can be traced back to the 640 AD. The Norman church of St Hilda dates from 1185 and stands on a prominent place on the headland. Hartlepool was formed by the amalgamation of two towns, Hartlepool and West Hartlepool.
The towns grew up around a huge dock complex and the docks are used for importing timber from all over the world. There are also large areas for the storage of cars which have been built in Europe.
Stokesley is a small market town of Cleveland, consisting chiefly of one broad street, running east and west and the river Leven (known for its trout) runs parallel to the High Street. The buildings are neat, and for the most part in the modern style. A market is held on Saturdays.
British singer Chris Rea is from Middlesbrough and I can't stand his music. His parents used to have an ice cream shop in the centre of Middlesbrough. You can see the building the shop was in on this picture.
Steve and Susan threatened they's torture me with his music in the car which fortunately never happened!
Mount Grace Priory - just off the A19 when heading south from Middlesbrough. It is a 14th century priory and you can see the cells in which the monks lived. There is an exhibition which tells the history of the Priory.
Guisborough Priory - this is about 12 miles from Middlesbrough just off the A174. It is another example of gothic architecture that is found in this reason. It was founded in 1119. It came into ruin at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries.
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If you're a fan of walking, pretty countryside and lakes, then Gormire is worth a visit... Head out of Thirsk towards Sutton Bank and then turn for Thirlby when you reach Sutton-Under-Whitestone-Cliff (apparently the longest village name in England!) once in thirlby village, drive down towards the end of the village but instead of following the road towards Boltby, turn off to the left through a small ford and follow the lane for approx 2 miles until there's an enterance in the woodland straight ahead.. park up (or leave ur bike/transport) wherever you can.. and follow the wooden board path around the lake.. of if you're brave.. head up the steep path and explore the hillside of cherry tree's and heather! This picture is an aerial view from the top of the bank..
'mousy thompson' workshop is well worth a visit if you're anywhere near kilburn... a very popular local carver (been going for many generations) go buy your mum/dad/auntie an ashtray/mini-bookcase with the traditional carving of the mouse.. they'll LOVE it!