This is an approximately 8.5-mile circular walk, mostly on good paths with some moderate ascents and descents. We can expect interesting architecture, fine views, pleasant woodland, evidence of historic wagonways’ and railways and some 17th century gardens.
We will stop for a packed lunch about half-way in the churchyard at Shincliffe Village, where there are seats. Tea and cakes will be available at the end, probably in the University Library cafe on Palace Green, by the Cathedral.
We will also be visiting Old Durham Gardens (about three-quarters of the way round the walk) as they are having a Music in the Gardens’ event in their walled garden. Entrance is free (although they would appreciate a donation) and refreshments will be available. Assuming the weather to be OK we’re planning to have about an hour’s stop there, so people can listen to some of the music, partake of refreshments and/or explore the lower gardens (away from the music) as they wish. We should be back at Durham by about 4pm. If anyone wants to get back earlier it’s easy enough to follow the riverside path all the way back to Durham.
Our leaders for this walk are Charles and Paul.