We are about four miles outside Durham. I was hoping to cart the gear down there having been inspired by a couple of excellent posts here at J_ON_TOUR. The weather is better today but not good enough to warrant dragging a bag of equipment four miles in the dark to get pictures of an undoubtedly beautiful city before it becomes thronged by it’s populace. I suspect it is a venue for the summer but a quick scout round is rarely wasted.
We are looking out over the remains of Finchale Abbey or Priory. I suspect the Abbot lived in Durham and Priors here. It is very very old, over eight hundred years with odd bits even older than that. It’s pronounced Finkle. If you would like to know more then it’s on Wikipedia.
It is all fenced off and managed by English Heritage. There is a key available so hopefully if the light improves I’ll pay them for the loan of the key and spend an hour taking some pictures. It does look rather impressive.
The entrance to the footbridge. I only include it because the little sign to the left of the top hinge says No Horses. Were I engrossed in negotiating this on my horse I suspect I could well miss the sign…….It needs to be much, much larger. We are sign crazy in this country. It seems no one can erect anything without it having a notice to accompany it. I would also like to see a large sign banning buses and lorries.
That’s it for today. I am here tomorrow and maybe Wednesday but if it looks like snow I’ll get away as I want to be in the Lake District for the next cold spell…………….Cruel I know but I get endless amusement from watching geese landing on ice and crashing into each other. I had a week or more of this behaviour last winter and they never seemed to get any better at it.
Have a good week whatever you are up to.