500 photos – scenes of Durham

I’m going to cheat a little bit this week.

The original idea behind 500 photos was to create a weekly series of one photo blogs.  But this week is going to be a photo essay, as I have found it impossible to narrow the photos down to just one.

Last weekend, I attended the Lumiere festival in Durham, which lit up Durham’s landmarks with stunning and creative light installations.  This reminded me just what a beautiful and incredibly photogenic city Durham is.

I’m not going to wax lyrical about it  – Durham’s beauty can speak for itself.  I hope my photos can do justice to this lovely, quirky, vibrant city, which I am privileged to have on my doorstep.

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This is the classic view of Durham Cathedral, which dates back to 1093.

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The approach into Durham is over a lovely old viaduct – this spot in Wharton Park would be perfect for Trainspotters!

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The path along the Riverside is a beautiful and easy walk for people of all abilities.

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There are reminders all over the North East of the bloody history of this region, which was the battleground for many wars and skirmishes between England and Scotland.

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The views from the roof of the Cathedral are well worth the 325 spiral stairs to the top.

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4 responses to “500 photos – scenes of Durham

  1. Wharton Park is an absolute gem. The views from the “castle” battlements were famously described as “the Eighth Wonder of the World” by the 19th Century philosopher John Ruskin The views of the Railway, and particularly the Viaduct, are also breathtaking. The Viaduct is a fantastic piece of Victorian engineering, especially considering that it is actually built on a marsh. In order to stabilise the ground massive Oak stumps were sunk to a depth of 50ft before work on the Viaduct started.
    For me personally Wharton Park is picnics and the thrill of [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/35031094@N05/8131115698/in/photolist-dow6pY-egsoAn-eguXXw-82hTU6-doj9W9]”streamliners”[/url][url=and “Deltics”, drinking fountains, and ice lollies!

  2. If you go to Durham and take the trouble to go up to the little “castle” in Wharton Park and view the city and the viaduct from its battlements. John Ruskin described it as “The Eighth Wonder of the World”. “The Viaduct, built in 1857, is impressive. More
    impressive, perhaps, when you know what lies under it – bog! It was so wet and soft here that, to build the viaduct, massive piles of oak had to be driven into the ground to form foundations. They’ve lasted over 150 years now, and the bridge carries the London-Edinburgh mainline. Quite an achievement for those Victorian engineers and
    builders” I came across a very detailed little walk in Durham at [url=http://www.discoveringbritain.org/walks/region/north-east-england/durham-flass-vale.html#tabbox]Discovering Britain[/url] which pointed this out. The detail on the walk info is tremendous with a downloadable PDF of 36 pages.

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