Clues To Go    -    Durham Town

The historical university town of Durham provides a great location for a Clues To Go challenge. This route starts & finishes in the market square, calling by the cathedral before wondering off down to and across the river Wear.

Walking this route you will be able to take in the medieval, cobbled streets, the imposing Norman architecture of the cathedral & castle and also the peace & tranquility that you'll find as you venture down to and then cross, twice, the river Wear.

Durham University is the 3rd oldest in England, after Oxford & Cambridge..

Durham City sits in a hill surrounded by the meandering loop of the river Wear. The castle, university buildings  & cathedral dominate the compact centre of the town. Founded by the monks from Lindisfarne in 995AD, the Normans saw the defensive advantages of the site  and built the castle there in order to rule the north of England. The current cathedral building was built at roughly the same time, in the 11th century

You can arrive in Durham via train, bus or car. Car parking is available to the west side of the Market Place in the form of a multi-story park attached to the shopping precinct. There is a toll to take the car into the town centre and it is not recommended - there is very little availability of parking there. This route involves a couple of steepish climbs up cobblestone streets and is not really suitable for a wheelchair.

The cloisters of Durham cathedral were used as the quadrangle of Hogwarts in the film 'Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone'.

Being a university town, there is no shortage of pubs, cafes & restaurants in the centre of the town, where you can find refreshment after your walk.


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