Broom Park - Witton Gilbert - Broom Park

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Broompark, once a coal mine and coal storage depot, was also a junction of three railway lines. The area has been completely transformed and these days it is a popular picnic area and the hub of three reclaimed Railway Paths.
Lanchester Valley - 12 miles to Consett
Deerness Valley - 8.5 miles to Crook
Brandon-Bishop Auckland - 9 miles to Bishop Auckland
Our walk starts on the Lanchester Valley walk heading towards Consett then leaving the railway line heading through farms and across open country passing the Chapel ruin of Beaurepaire built by Prior Bertram (1244-58), later destroyed by the Scots and rebuilt in 1346, by Prior Fosser. The walk continues along a river path to the 11-centaury church of St Michaels. Witton Gilbert, named after an early Lord of the Manor, Gilbert de la Ley, and was in the twelfth century a small village of workers who labored in the woods by which it was surrounded. The church here was built shortly after 1170 as a chapel of ease within the large parish of St. Oswald’s in Durham. The church is usually open and free refreshments are available inside a small donation is much appreciated. The walk continues on to the Lanchester Valley Walk and back to the carpark from where we started.

England - North England - Durham - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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