July 2014

Ideas and Activities, Walking

Barnard Castle

  We were staying near Barnard Castle recently and enjoyed exploring the town.  The castle takes its name from its twelfth century founder, Bernard de Balliol, and the town later developed around it.   The remains of the castle are now managed by English Heritage, and are worth a visit!     One of the main routes into the town is a bridge right under the walls of the castle over the River Tees. In the centre of the town is an octagonal Market Cross, which is now used as... Read More

Ideas and Activities


  K and I recently made it to the National Railway Museum at Shildon on a wet day, so the fact that there were not any trains in steam that day did not matter so much, it still gave us plenty of time to explore the engines in the main shed. Although one of the engines carried the Flying Scotsman plaque, the real thing is currently being restored and will not be on show for sometime yet.