Weardale Way Update (S14)

There have been major roadworks around Deptford in Sunderland for several months now, which interfere with the Weardale Way after Queen Alexandra Bridge. However, the contractors have constructed a pedestrian right of way through the works (dotted arrow) that is generally consistent with the published route (including access to The Ropery) which we’d recommend you …

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Coal Mines, Caves & Quarries in the heart of Durham City

Sunday 18th October 2020 Not a lot of people know this but you can download excellent on-line field guides, or self-guided geology tours, from the British Geological Survey’s Earthwise site, in this case one around the Durham Peninsula as published by the Yorkshire Geological Society of which I’m proud to call myself a very amateur …

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Is Cash Force Northern England’s most underrated waterfall?

If I’d read it anywhere other than in Russell Bulman’s Introduction to the Geology of Alston Moor I’d have assumed that Cash Force was a dodgy pay-day loans company and not the remote but spectacular waterfall it actually is. Russell goes on to say that, while flowing off the northern slopes of Cross Fell (the …

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Weardale waterfall inspires first ‘official’ Durham Cow video

Tuesday 29th September 2020 The other day I drove up to Eastgate, in Weardale, to walk up the Rookhope Burn and photograph a rock. Not any old rock though, this was an outcrop of the Little Whin Sill, an extensive intrusion of volcanic magma, the big brother of which underpins Hadrian’s Wall and is the …

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