(Local walking enthusiasts braved the rain in March and had a fabulous day of activity and discovery)
A new walking trail is being promoted featuring the history, architecture and landscape of Durham City. The new leaflet is a result of a partnership between City of Durham Trust and the City of Durham Parish Council to mark the Trust’s 80th anniversary.
The trail around the World Heritage Site is about 8km long and takes less than three hours at a gentle walking pace. There is an extension along the River Wear to the Old Durham Gardens taking a further half an hour. Given average fitness and enthusiasm for a good walk, it makes the perfect solo walk with the dog, a great family ramble, and even a super outing for a rambling club. Also featured is shorter route for wheelchairs around the Peninsular where there are fewer steep slopes and the surfaces are more suitable for wheelchair users and others with limited mobility.
John Lowe, the Chair of the City of Durham Trust said: “The Trust is certain that this fine trail around the Cathedral, Castle and riverbanks of the World Heritage site will become a popular route round the City’s many heritage sites and buildings. It is just one of several ways we are celebrating 80 years of commitment to the care for the City’s heritage.”
The Chair of the City of Durham Parish Council’s Environment Committee Coun. Carole Lattin said: “We are delighted to be publishing the leaflet with the Trust which will help both local people and visitors to enjoy more fully what Durham has to offer. It is also just what the City economy needs to encourage visitors to stay longer and boost tourism expenditure. We are indebted to David Miller, aided by other Trust members, for devising the trail and designing this exceptional leaflet.”
The leaflet will be distributed to local groups, businesses, and organisations and will be available to the public at the Town Hall in the Market Place as well as other public buildings across the City.