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Sunderland strollers running club see Durham’s highlights on a gorgeous summer evening

What a lovely evening we had! Absolute pleasure to take 11 joggers from Sunderland Strollers running club around the many memorials and sculptures of Durham.

First up was the wonderful geo map outside Bill Bryson library at Durham university and you can mark where you are from.

We then went down to the river, Prebends bridge and the glorious view of the cathedral above the rather dry river Wear. Along the Bailey we stopped at a couple of plaques including one of a relative of the Queen Mother and therefore the Queen.

We went up to the cathedral and told the Dun cow story before going down to the Bastion tower, the last remaining part of the enormous North Gate. No tour of Durham can be done without going to see the Man on the Horse and here he is

Onward and downward we flew to the first bridge over the Wear….Framwellgate commissioned by bishop Flambard, the first man to be imprisoned and first to escape from the Tower of London. We took the steps to the river then up the Georgian backstreet of side gate . Up, up up past the Fram Head where water was piped from a spring to the statue of Neptune. Another up and down and we arrived at the Obelisk, a little known Victorian gem built in 1850.

Our final hill took us to Wharton park with a superlative view of Durham.

Our final foray was through the station where we thought we’d lost half a dozen… apologies, as the leader I was very remiss not to think about en route conveniences. We came back along the river and our final stop was along the river to see the huge bronze dun cow

What a gorgeous evening. c 6 miles in 2 hours. Walking pace but hopefully the group

learnt a few facts on the way. Get in touch if you’d like a guided walk, run or bike ride. #britainsbestguides

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