Take in Some of Region's History

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), March 26, 2004 | Go to article overview

Take in Some of Region's History


Byline: By Giles Armour

Featuring beautiful scenery and impressive architecture, our walk of four miles also links us to centuries past in the North East.

Allowing about two-and-a-half hours, you follow the trail marked by green waymarker posts from the Swalwell Visitor Centre.

You'll see the route of the Derwent Valley Railway. The line opened in 1867 after three years' hard building work and it served the region until its closure in 1962.

At its peak it carried more than half a million passengers a year, as well as regular goods traffic.

En route, you'll come across Hollinside Manor, a 13th century manor house that is now classed as an ancient monument. From here there are commanding views of the Country Park and surrounding countryside.

The house was the home of the Harding family for two centuries and became known as the Giant's Castle because the menfolk were very tall.

The manor is situated east of the 500ft-long Nine Arches Viaduct, built because the Earl of Strathmore would not allow the railway to pass through the Gibside Estate. …

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