Friday, 23 May 2014


Today we went to the Waskerley Way in west Durham, which rises over wild, heather-covered moorland near the former steel town of Consett.

In the 19thC the Stanhope and Tyne Railway brought limestone down from the Weardale quarries to the mouth of the River Tyne, along a specially constructed forty-mile long railway and over the spectacular and beautiful Hownes Gill Viaduct. The viaduct is still standing today but the tracks are now a cinder path, called Waskerley Way.

We saw a hare! A rare sight up here in the North and for the whole of our two-hour walk, we were accompanied by Curlews, singly and in pairs with their unique, evocative and instantly recognisable call.

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