Derwent Reservoir and all it’s beautiful attractions can be found close by and is the second largest reservoir in the North East at 404.9 hectares. The south-western area of the reservoir has been managed as a nature reserve since 1967 on account of its breeding birds and wildfowl interest. A diverse range of species are found roosting and feeding here, including mallard, teal, coot, moorhen, tufted duck, pochard, goldeneye, goosander and greylag geese. Occasionally pink-footed, white-fronted, barnacle geese, pintail and scaup may be seen.
During the summer months access is permitted to the shores of Derwent Reservoir, where there is a path and a number of benches overlooking the water. In the winter months this path is closed to prevent disturbance to roosting birds. Fishing on the reservoir is organised by Northumbrian Water plc and sailing is run by the Derwent Sailing club.
Pow Hill Country Park is only a very short drive away and has areas of coniferous woodland alternating with heather, grass and marshland. There are picnic tables (some suitable for wheelchair users) scattered throughout the site. Areas of heather moor are linked by pleasant woodland walks. And there is an 'easy access' path at the North Western end of the site, leading to panoramic views across the Derwent Reservoir towards Castleside and the Hownsgill Viaduct.
Hexham and its surroundings have a wealth of experiences to offer the visitor. Overlooking the beautiful Tyne valley, its medieval buildings form an imposing skyline. At the centre of these is Hexham Abbey, dating from 674AD and a must for any visitor. The town's market is held in its shadow every Tuesday, and its narrow streets are a magnet for shoppers.
You can also while away the time relaxing in Hexham's award-winning parks, eating in the wide variety of pubs and restaurants, visiting the museum, library, cinema or theatre, and simply taking in the atmosphere of a bustling market town.
Durham is a compact city yet offers a wide range of facilities. A wide range of shops and restaurants co-exist happily with the Victorian Market. Much of Durham’s shopping area is closed to traffic, making for a more relaxed atmosphere. Take time to sit in the cobbled Market Place and enjoy some of the street entertainment, particularly during July and August. The monthly Farmers’ Market is a welcome new addition to the events calendar. Here you will find fresh local specialities to take back home. In the Spring and Summer, stunning floral displays adorn the City for which Durham regularly wins prizes.
Yet within minutes, it is possible to escape the bustle of this thriving market town by taking one of the many paths that lead down to the riverbanks. Watch the river for rowers from one of the university teams, or take the ‘Prince Bishop’ river cruiser for a gentle trip along the river with stunning views.
The Racecourse backs on to the River Wear and is a favourite area for walks. Horse races have not been held here since the 19th century, however the country’s top athletics cross-country event is now a regular fixture here and attracts the best runners in the world.
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