Wednesday, 15 February 2012

A-Walking: Durham to Bishop Auckland

On Sunday the 12th February, 2012, Bill McTimoney led a group of twelve SRC A-walkers on a walking expedition from near Durham City to Bishop Auckland. The photo below shows the members of our group as we started our journey.

A-group walkers setting off from the White House

We set off on a north-easterly bearing from our drop-off point on the A167 road (near White House {NZ 265 386}). From here, we made our way to Houghall, Maiden Castle and Shincliffe. We now followed the Weardale Way towards Croxdale Hall.

Leaving the road at {NZ 283 384}, we made our way across the fields to the village of Hett where we stopped for a short lunch break. Continuing from the lunch-stop location, our route then took us in a south-westerly direction to Tudhoe Village, Whitworth Hall Country Park and along Hagg Lane towards Byers Green. At {NZ 229 333} we joined the (now disused) Bishop Auckland/Spennymoor railway track and followed this in a southerly direction towards Binchester and Auckland Park. We took a short tea-break at a disused railway station {NZ 227 328} near Old Park Hall Farm.

We left the railway track at {NZ 225 310} and made our way through High Park and along the northern edge of the golf course towards Auckland Castle. After stopping for a few minutes at the Deer Shelter, we continued through the grounds of Auckland Castle to emerge in Bishop Auckland at about 4:00 pm.

During today's walk we covered a distance of 15.7 miles. We set off at 10:15 am and arrived at our destination at 16:11 pm. The total time taken for the walk was therefore 5 hrs 56 mins. Our moving average was 3.6 mph and our overall average was 2.6 mph.

Thanks for a great day Bill.

Some of the photos that we took during today's walking expedition can be seen by clicking on the pink button below:

Many thanks to Jane Thompson and Phil Barker for taking the photographs.



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