The Durham City Peninsula - Observatory - Cathedral - Prison - Maiden Castle Circular

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This short walk around Durham City involves using the Howland Park-and-Ride buses. The walk visits several points of interest, including the historical World Heritage sites of Durham Cathedral and Castle. The route also passes Durham University Observatory, The Law Courts and the Prison. On the route the walk crosses all three of the ancient bridges that lead on to the peninsula plus the more modern footbridge. The route also provides the opportunity to view the city, especially the cathedral and castle from several less frequently seen viewpoints.

From the Market Place the route crosses old Framwellgate Bridge then makes its way past Durham School before taking to a pleasant lane that rises to the Durham University Observatory. The walk then descends to cross the historic Prebends Bridge and enter the peninsula, where the route passes through the cathedral and exits the peninsula across the modern Kingsgate footbridge. The walk then passes the Law Courts and prison before climbing up through a wood to arrive at the panoramic viewpoint of Whinney Hill overlooking the city. The walk then passes through Maiden Castle Wood and onto a picturesque riverside ramble to return across Old Elvet Bridge to the P&R bus stop.

England - North England - Durham - Town or city


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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