Cricket: 5 miles / 10 mins
Durham County Cricket Club. The Riverside is situated 1 mile from Chester le Street. The team is currently captained by Paul Collingwood who captained England to win the ICC 20/20 in 2010.
The City of Durham: 9 miles / 15 mins
The city is dominated by Durham Cathedral, regarded as the finest Norman building in Europe. It is the burial place of St, Cuthbert, a great northern saint and Venerable Bede, author of the first English history. Durham Castle, commissioned by William the Conqueror (1066-1087) and Durham University – ranked as 4th best such institution in the country help make the past come to life.
Alnwick Castle: 46 miles / 1 hour
The second largest inhabited castle in England and has been home to the Percy’s, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309. Scenes from the first two Harry Potter movies were filmed at Alnwick.
Alnwick Castle Gardens: 46 miles / 1 hour
Just a few minutes walk from Alnwick castle are the exciting and contemporary gardens, the brainchild of the Duchess of Northumberland with the centrepiece being a grand cascade. Rose and ornamental gardens, bamboo labyrinth, serpent garden and spooky poison garden flank the remarkable water feature.
Angle of the North: 9 miles / 15 mins
An Anthony Gormley designed sculpture clearly visible from the A1. Stands 20m tall with wings measuring 54m across. Known locally as the “Gateshead Flasher”.
Gateshead Athletics: 10 miles / 15 mins
Gateshead International Stadium has a national and international reputation for hosting some of the UK’s top sporting events.
Hadrian’s Wall: The A69 between Newcastle and Carlisle runs parallel with the wall.
Built by the occupying Romans 2000 years ago there were 73 miles of wall built by 3 legions over a 6 year period and included 16 forts. Hadrian, in AD122 decided to consolidate the Roman frontier by natural features and man-made, of which the wall remains. Fort latrines also feature in Lady Lucinda Lambtons book “Temples of Convenience”.
Newcastle: 13 miles / 20 minutes
Newcastle city has the reputation of having the friendliest people in England. Sights to see include the Castle Keep, Earl Greys Monument, St. Nicholas’s Cathedral, Bessie Surtess house, Blackfriars and the six bridges that span the Tyne.
Walking: From 1km to 20km. From easy to strenuous. From less than an hour to 5 hours duration.
There are many wonderful and varied walks . An 18km moderate walk to see the magnificent bird of prey, the Red Kite. A spectacular 10km coastal walk by the lighthouse at Souter Point. A 5.5km easy walk in the Durham Dales. Guided walks originating from Newcastle Central Station into the Cheviot Hills and the Northumberland National Park.
A 20 mile mostly flat cycle between Newcastle and Wylam and back to Gateshead. The scenery changes from cityscape to countryside, river views to urban backdrops.
Metrocentre – Gateshead. 330 stores stocked with key designer and cost conscious brands and with new retailers introduced all the time. Eldon Square – Newcastle. 156 stores including leading High Street names.
National Trust Properties:
Souter Lighthouse – 15 miles / 25 minutes. Opened in 1871 it was a technological marvel being the first lighthouse to use electricity. Cherryburn – 21 miles / 40 minutes. Birthplace of Thomas Berwick (1753 – 1828). Northumberlands greatest artist, wood engraver and naturalist. Holy Jesus Hospital – 13 miles / 20 minutes. Situated in inner city Newcastle the hospital survived the developers and displays features of its 700 year history. The National Trusts inner city project is based here. Seaton Delaval Hall. – 20 miles / 35 minutes. A Grade 1 listed country house designed by Sir John Vanbrugh for Admiral George Delaval. Neither architect or patron lived to see it completed in 1728. Washington Old Hall – 4 miles / 10 minutes. Incorporates parts of the original medieval home of George Washingtons direct ancestors and it is from here that they took the surname “Washington”. Gibside – 16 miles / 25 minutes. Impressive landscaped garden created by the Bowes family in the 18th century. The column of Liberty, Palladian chapel, Georgian stables, greenhouse and ruins of bath-house and hall. George Stephensons birthplace – 21 miles / 35 minutes. Birth place of the great rail pioneer George Stephenson. Learn the workings of the famous Stephenson rocket!! Wallington – 34 miles / 50 minutes. Magnificent mansion dating from 1688. Home to the Blackett and Trevelyen families. Pre-Raphaelite central hall decorated to look like an Italian courtyard. William Bell Scott paintings featuring Northumberland history. Lawns, lakes, parkland, woodland and walled garden. Ormesby Hall – 39 miles / 50 minutes. Home of the Pennyman family for 400 years. A classic Georgian mansion with Victorian kitchen and laundry. Estate walks and attractive gardens. Roseberry Topping – 44 miles / 1 hour. Layers of human and geological history have shaped this distinctive landmark. Blue bells woods and heather moorland.
Chester le Street Golf Club – 4 miles / 10 minutes – www.clsgolfclub.co.uk/ Founded in 1908 the course is mostly parkland with forestry as the eastern border and the River Wear the western boundary. Lumley Castle is the backdrop and the course overlooks the Riverside cricket ground. Visitors welcome 10.00 – 12.00 & 14.00 – 16.30. Green fees from £25.00. Ramside – 8 miles / 15 minutes – www.ramsidehallhotel.co.uk/ 27 holes in 3 loops of 9 and opened in 1996. Course architect Jonathan Gaunt produced a great layout. During construction 40 miles of drainage, 15 lakes dug, 50,000 trees planted have created one of the North East top courses. Visitors welcome. Green fees from £35.00. Gosforth – 18 miles / 20 minutes – www.gosforthgolfclub.co.uk Often known as the Bridlepath and established in 1906 on 90 acres the course has evolved into a pleasure to play for golfers of all abilities. The Ouse Burn provides a test on many holes as does the planting of over 7,000 trees in recent years. Visitors welcome. Green fees from £28.00. Foxton, Alnmouth – 45 miles / 1 hours – www.alnmouthgolfclub.com Created in the 1930’s by H. S Colt and using his trademark steep slopes and run off areas to protect the greens. Although dramatically situated in a coastal location overlooking Foxton and Alnmouth Bays in a designated area of natural beauty the course is parkland turf with a reputation for fine quality greens and superb presentation. Visitors welcome. Green fees from £35.00. Bamburgh Castle – 62 miles / 1.5 hours – www.bamburghcastlegolfclub.co.uk Not a long course, just over 5,600 yards, constructed in 1904 and a demanding par 68. Magically located links course where rare fauna combined with views of Lindisfarne, the Farne Islands and the Cheviots make for a stunning situation. Visitors welcome. Green fees from £35.00. Dunstanborough – 60 miles / 1.5 hours – www.dunstanburgh.com/ A 6,298 yard, par 70 traditional links course created by the great golfing architect James Baird. Set in the most beautiful scenery of Northumberlands Heritage coastline. Visitors welcome. Green fees from £26.00.