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Guided Tour of Neville’s Cross Battle Site

The remains of Neville's Cross at Neville's Cross, Durham © Metaforz Photography 2013

Join The Durham Cow this June for a spot of ‘healthy history’, exploring the streets, fields and vales around Durham’s very own battlefield of Neville’s Cross. Come and hear the story of this landmark battle that took place over 650 years ago in what today is some of Durham’s finest countryside – experience it before the link road spoils it all!

Two dates (one weekend, one evening) have been arranged:

SUNDAY 1st JUNE 2014 9.00 am at Neville’s Cross monument, junction of St John’s Road and Crossgate Peth (A690) Durham, County Durham (NZ 263420). Approximate distance & time: 5.5 miles/3.5 hours

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TUESDAY 3rd JUNE 2014 6.15 pm at Neville’s Cross monument, junction of St John’s Road and Crossgate Peth (A690) Durham, County Durham (NZ 263420). Approximate time: 2.5 hours (shortened route to finish before 9.00 pm)

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£3 PER PERSON; under-16’s free; dogs welcome but should be well controlled, preferably on leads, as the route includes arable farmland, riverside woodlands and some busy roads

Timings have been calculated on an average ‘relaxed’ walking speed of 3 miles per hour on roads, tracks and trails but please be aware that the route is undulating (very steeply in places) and can be very muddy depending on weather conditions. Regretfully it is probably unsuitable for persons of limited walking fitness or mobility. If you are at all unsure of your ability to cope with the walk please contact me beforehand. Well treaded walking shoes or boots are recommended together with rainwear and possibly a brolly (depending on the forecast). Although no long stops are planned there will be ample opportunity to eat so bring some sustenance if you need to! Please try not to be late: admin and an introductory talk should take about 15 minutes after which we’ll need to leave promptly – particularly on the evening. There should be ample parking in the streets near to the Neville’s Cross monument. Bus stops are sited on both sides of Crossgate Peth (A690) within view of the monument, serviced by Arriva routes 7, 43, 46, 48, 49, 49a (please check with the operator first).

Your guide will be Scott (Joe) Watson, author of ‘The Weardale Way – A Guided Tour along the River Wear through County Durham and Sunderland’ who is currently working on a new book about the battle.

HOW TO BOOK: Booking isn’t necessary but it would be great if you could indicate your intention to attend ideally through the comments box on this web page. Alternatively you could email scott@durhamcow.com or visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/thedurhamcow. If the dates given in this newsletter are unsuitable and you would still like a tour please let me know via any of the methods listed above so that I can gauge demand and try to arrange more suitable dates.

Hope to see you soon

Scott