Sedgefield Travel Guide

  • Hardwick Park, Sedgefield
    Hardwick Park, Sedgefield
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  • Hardwick Park, Sedgefield
    Hardwick Park, Sedgefield
    by spidermiss
  • Gothic Ruin at Hardwick Park, Sedgefield
    Gothic Ruin at Hardwick Park, Sedgefield
    by spidermiss

Sedgefield Things to Do

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    Gothic Ruin at Hardwick Park, Sedgefield 4 more images

    by spidermiss Updated Dec 31, 2013

    My family and I paid a visit to this incredible Country Park during Christmas 2013. It was great for taking my niece's dog out for a walk in the park and its woodlands.

    It was a cold and windy day but we enjoyed the walk around the lake and its woodlands. We had a look at the Gothic ruins on the walk and enjoyed the surrounding woodlands.

    Hardwick Estate was transformed by John Burdon in the 18th Century for his pleasure grounds. He commissioned James Paine to design the park as natural as possible including lakes, woodlands, classical buildings and Gothic ruins.

    The circuit walk ensures that visitors encounter classical buildings which alternate with Gothic structures in planned settings including structures linking with 'others through complex geometric relationships' (Source: The park's website).

    As well as the park there there is the Visitors Centre including a cafe. The park organises a number of events throughout the year and please check its website for further information. Please note there are car parking charges.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel

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    by JamalMorelli Updated Dec 28, 2006

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    Like it? This your stop...Sedgefield Racecourse

    REMEMBER: Helicopter landing facilities are available at the course by prior permission.

    copied from their site...

    Getting to the Racecourse

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    By Road
    Sedgefield is conveniently placed five minutes from Junction 60 off the A1(M), and is clearly signposted from there. The Racecourse lies just outside the village of Sedgefield, and is only twenty minutes from Teesside and Darlington.
    By Rail
    The nearest main line stations to Sedgefield are situated in Darlington and Durham, both are approximately twenty minutes away by car or taxi.
    By Air
    Teesside International Airport is situated between Teesside and Darlington.

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    • Singles
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Seniors

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    Simple people, simple pleasures and a bit of ass

    by JamalMorelli Written Dec 27, 2006

    Fox hunting is another winner of an activity for the simple posh natives of the area. Although the "Man" has cracked down on hunting foxes with hounds, they go through the motions before "about 250,000 spectators would watch 314 registered hunts nationwide."*

    But baby, that's just the registered ones. Ask around...

    Anyway, check this out for now

    http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/search/display.var.1090628.0.hunt_supporters_gather_in_force_for_boxing_day_meets.php

    and let your brave hound guide to the native's joy of chasing a terrified animal around the English countryside.

    WARNING: I have gotten letters in response to this asking if this anything like cock-fights, which is a stupid question. England is first world - cock-fights are third world. F*cking peasants.

    * the Countryside Alliance prediction.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Arts and Culture
    • Eco-Tourism

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Sedgefield Warnings and Dangers

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    by JamalMorelli Written Dec 27, 2006

    Since the Sedgefield Racecourse is such a source of regionwide fun, it attracts many - even more than a couple people who aren't emotionally strong enough to watch the horses. I know folks who cry when they see the horses smashing their legs against the barriers as they jump them, who bemoan the fate of the horses, etc.

    If you don't have the stomach for a little goodnatured animal abuse maybe lay off this trip and make a call to PETA's UK chapter or something.

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    • Horse Riding

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