After a fantastic weekend in Harrogate with my Guitar Retreat friends I had booked a few days in Durham. I had visited this beautiful wee city many years ago, staying in a Premier Inn next to the river. This time I was a little further out at the Travelodge, just a short walk from the City Centre and right next to the main route in.
The hotel is in the Gilesgate area of the city and I walked down the hill and along the river looking for somewhere to eat. I found a great wee pub “The Dun Cow” a wonderful, local pub which I would return to a couple of times. After I had eaten I wandered into the centre looking for some live music.
The next morning I went for a walk around the city and spent a couple of hours in the Cathedral before going to the indoor market before going back to the hotel. On the way back I stopped off at the Dun Cow (dun means brown) and the barmaid told me that she sets up a buffet in the bar for the locals on a Wednesday night and I would be most welcome.
The River Wear runs through the centre of Durham. Ir rises in the Pennines and flows eastwards, mostly through County Durham to the North Sea in the City of Sunderland. I had picked up a leaflet in the Tourist Office which had some interesting walks along it. It was a beautiful sunny morning and I set off.
I had lunch in the Heritage Centre and then spent some time in the museum and the castle before making my way to the buffet in the Dun Cow. It was a very generous gesture and the locals were gewar company. I wished that I could have stayed layer but I wanted to get to Largs by mid-afternoon and it would take me around 4 hours to get there,