Wessington

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2017

10 July, Bearpark (near Durham), led by Barbara Fiddy, 5 miles

12 June, Penshaw and Offerton, led by Jean Barnett, 6 miles
From Biddick Club: to bridge at Cox Green, uphill on the road branching right onto footpath through woods, across field with horses, cross road onto uphill path across crop fields (with poppies) to lane, turn left uphill turning left onto path to Penshaw monument, keeping below monument on flat path with fence on left. Join road to Offerton, turn left onto straight lane downhill, cross bridleway keeping straight on to river. Turn left and follow river back to Cox Green. Time 2.5 hours.

1 May, Ebchester, led by Jean Barnett, 5 miles
We started at Derwentcote Steel Furnace car park on the A694, which is about a mile further along from Lintzford Garden Centre. After a short distance through woods we joined the Derwent Walk path to Ebchester, where we crossed over the Derwent on a footbridge and walked back via Blackhall Mill and good riverside paths, ending with a visit to the Steel Furnace. Time 2 hours.

18 March, St Cuthbert's Walk, Chester-le-St to Durham, 8 miles
This is an annual event open to members of the public. This year more than 50 people started at Chester-le-St and another 50 joined in at Finchale Abbey.

2016

8 August, Seaham

14 March, Rising Sun Country Park

Rising Sun 1 Rising Sun 2 Rising Sun 3

2015

Hareshaw Linn Bridge Waterfall
12th October, Hareshaw Linn Bridge, led by Margaret Welsh.
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14th September,Hamsterley Woods, led by Margaret & Judy
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Cleadon 2015/1 Cleadon 2015b
Cleadon 13th Aug
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4th May, Bluebells of Washington, led by Angela Burn

15th April, Castle Eden Dene, led by Judy Robertshaw

2014

Thurs 7 August, Souter and Cleadon Hills, led by Jean Barnett. A small group enjoyed excellent weather for this rerun of the first ever Wessington walk.

28 July, Tunstall Reservoir 7.5 miles, led by Judy Robertshaw.

23 June, Seaham Circular 6.5 miles, led by Bill Weston.
Tommy
At the start of the walk we saw the steel statue of "Tommy" by local artist Ray Lonsdale. This was then on loan but local residents have since raised more than £60,000 to keep a sculpture in Seaham. The statue is officially called "1101" to commemorate the first minute of peace at the end of World War One, but is known locally as Tommy.
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2013

9/12/13 Roker to Mowbray Park
Eight members enjoyed another day of good weather for our last walk of the year. Starting from the same car park that we used two weeks ago, we walked south and on entering the marina we diverted into the water sports centre to look at one of Sunderland's secret treasures - the tufa outcrop (see Wikipedia - North Dock Tufa for more information).

Continuing south we passed many pieces of public art (for more information follow the link on the right) before crossing Wearmouth bridge. Our route through the city included the pleasant West Sunniside area before we stopped for coffee. We did a complete circuit of Mowbray Park with its many interesting features before taking a slightly different route back over the bridge and then on to the car park.

The walk was a little more leisurely than some so there was time for a little Shakespeare enactment: "As I did stand my watch upon the hill, I look'd toward Birnam, and anon, methought, The wood began to move". Macbeth act 5, scene 5. See the photo for an explanation! Three of us even had time to walk the full length of the pier and have a brief look at the lighthouse being renovated.

Taking Flight Sunderland Marina Hidden Treasure
The Red House From the Scottish Play? Lighthouse

25/11/13 Roker to Whitburn (and back)
Eleven members braved the very cold start to the day and were rewarded with beautiful sunny weather for the whole walk. We were able to enjoy a coffee break sitting outside the café in Whitburn!

Coffee Break New Landscaping Take 1 Take 2

28/10 Newburn to Wylam

7/10/13 Bardon Mill to Haydon Bridge

29 April 13 Red Kite Walk
Starting from the public car park near Blaydon Rugby Club, we followed the good path through Derwent Country Park to join the designated Red Kite walk near Winlaton Mill. Crossing the Nine Arches Viaduct the route then goes south west, follows close to the A694 to reach Rowlands Gill, and then meets the A694 in Lintzford. Here we deviated slightly to go to Litzford Garden Centre cafe, before catching the Red Kite Bus back to the start. This is an easy walk, mainly on very good paths.
Organiser: Peter Russell

11 February 2013 Houghall Woods
The weather was relatively good today, not a drop of rain and a few minutes of weak sunshine. Our route took us on a circular walk in the woods behind Houghall College. The paths were rather muddy in places, which made getting down the slopes a bit of a slither! We were rewarded by magnificent views of Durham Cathedral and by a lovely cup of coffee at the garden centre in Shincliffe.

28 January 2013 Biddick Club to Sunderland, returning by bus.
We walked along the riverside to the bridge at Cox Green, however we did not cross the bridge but turned left and followed the C2C route. We went through the tunnel under the A19 and down the narrow road to the Shipwrights Arms. Here we branched off onto a narrow path that ran close to the river. This path then turned uphill towards the A1231. We then followed a new tarmac path passing close to office buildings. When the Alexandra bridge was in sight (after 2hr 30 min of walking) we caught a bus to Park Lane bus station where we changed to the 2A bus back to Biddick club

2012

3 December 2012 Rickelton Circular
Organiser: Peter Barnett
This walk is mainly on a (little used) road and then a cycle track so is a good choice for poor weather conditions. That said, the walk had to be postponed from the previous week due to black ice on the paths. We started on the 'dead end' road opposite North Biddick Club and passed Harraton Terrace and Fatfield Lodge before joining Bonemill Lane near the Picktree end. Continuing past Washington Hospital the route picked up the C2C cycle track at the road bridge. We took the cycle track all the way down to the river then turned right to follow the river back to the Club. Total time was just over 2 hours.

8 October Hadrian's Wall
Organiser: Dave Baxter

10 September High Force
Organisers: Dave Baxter and Barbara Fiddy

13 August 2012 Craster - Dunstanburgh and Beyond (7 miles)
Organisers: Margaret Welsh and Dave Baxter

11 June 2012 Allenbanks and Staward Peel
Organisers: Peter and Jean Barnett

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