Exploring the Durham countryside
After day one in Durham what would be on the agenda today?
Well first, of course, is breakfast. I was still full after steak the night before so just eggs and soldiers for me, and some tea.
It was far too soon to pack up and say goodbye to Mabel the dog and The Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk.
The visitor centre is the starting point to discovering the North Pennines in Teesdale, a rugged and remote landscape is mere footsteps away from the centre.
Low Force Waterfall is a short walk, over the lovely bridge you can see above. The River Tees cascades over the low rock, which reminded me of the Giant’s Causeway.
Further up the river is the more impressive High Force Waterfall which has a 71 feet (22 m) drop and is stunning. It might not be the highest waterfall in England but it does have the largest volume of water falling over an unbroken drop when in full spate!
Then it was back to Bowlees Visitor Centre for a look at their exhibition on….
…a famous map. Not just any map but the first nationwide geological map. There’s even a book about it.
In fact Mr Foodie has a copy of The map that changed the world, I’ll have to give it a read now!
then we had some tea and cake – it’s an Earl Grey, lavender and chocolate chiffon cake 😍 delicious and well worth swinging by for, think of it as a reward for after a days hiking!
Next stop Derwent Reservoir.
Here we had a quick lesson on how to fly fish. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, but I still just caught air! I’ll maybe leave this to the professionals!
If long walks aren’t your thing but you would still like to get close to nature then Derwent reservoir is the place for you. It’s a short walk from the cafe/shop/parking with an easy to walk path around most of the reservoir. Either walk around the water or just admire the view.
For more information on County Durham and the surrounding area, please visit This is Durham website for inspiration.