Pt 2 of my tour takes us to The County of Durham, or locally known as the County of the Prince Bishops.
So it was up early to have a tasty breakfast, pack our bags and check out of our B&B accommodation and make tracks to our next destination, which happens to be a 30 minute drive away.
This time we went to the County Cathedral city, Durham. The city itself lies on the River Wear, to the south west of Sunderland, 23 miles south of Newcastle Upon Tyne and is a popular destination for tourist. Heading for the nearest Park and Ride facilities to the A-1 which happens to run a service into the city every 10 mins, a good service it was.
Once we entered the city it was time to get our bearings and ask the locals where to go for the city attractions, it wasn’t long before a local lady and gent helped us to find our way around, very helpful up North. With the short climb it wasn’t long before we arrived at the hussle and bustle of city life. Archaeological evidence suggests a history of settlement in the area since roughly 2000Bc, the present city can clearly be traced back to AD995.
Armed with my Nikon D300 and a short 24-80mm lens it wasn’t long before the sight of images came to my attention, so I took a few street photos before we headed of to the Cathedral, taking architectural images on route. Once in the Cathedral, I set the camera iso to 800, as it was pretty dark inside only light from standard church lighting and light from the windows, that were stained glass was available, saying that the images inside gave some moody effects in those conditions.
After that it was a quick walk outside to the river Wear that runs through the city to take some images looking down on punts and restaurants along the side of the river with the occasional people enjoying there day out. Then it was off for a coffee and scone, very nice it was to, even the owner of this café was helpful telling us were to go and see whilst here. Once finished we headed back to the centre and had a look around the shops ,I must say the modern shops and the local architecture, both of which blended well with each other.
After a few hours in the city it was time to make tracks and head back to the bus stop for the short journey to Park and Ride to pick up the car and make a heading for our final destination for our 4 day stay at Whitley Bay. I for one would go back to Durham and spend a bit longer there to discover more of the area, photographically it is a gem, even if you are not a photographer it is still a place to have a nice time.