Clues To Go    -    Barnard Castle Circular Walk

The market town of Barnard Castle is dominated by the castle itself, which towers over the river Tees that flows in the gorge below it.

This short, walking route, which is written with a family half-day out in mind, takes in the town's old streets & market place, the peaceful walk around and below the castle walls and the parish church surrounds.

The Norman castle was completed in the 12th century and the medieval town grew up around it. Reminders of those ancient days are still to be found at St Mary's church, the Buttercross & Galgate. Over the years, Barnard Castle town seems to have been a magnet for writers & poets, such as Sir Walter Scott, Daniel Defoe, William Wordsworth & Charles Dickens.

Car parking is available off Galgate. This route circles the castle (worth a separate visit) although you don't need to enter the castle grounds to answer any of the questions.

The Bowes Museum in the town centre has a fine collection of artwork and was founded by John Bowes, who in the 19th century owned a local stud that produced four Derby winners. 

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