To kick-start our UK road-trip we spent our first week in Northumberland County. We decided to skip most of the bottom half of the UK as we could always make short trips to these places easily from London in the future.
During our 12+ hour journey (with stops included) from London to Northumberland, along the way we made a few quick stops in County Durham.
During one of the stops we got the opportunity to take in some of the beautiful landscapes County Durham has to offer. This is when I really felt like we were transported out of the hustle and bustle of the big city and into the peaceful countryside. You can’t get a view like this in London!
Lorenzo and I are big castle fanatics. So we wanted to stop by and see a few castles in Durham (pronounced duh-rum). When we arrived at Raby Castle‘s gates, we were really disappointed to discovered it was already closed for the day. We were determined to see it if only from a distance. We drove further along the A688 (to the left of the castle gates), and managed to spot Raby Castle from afar, with a herd of Red and Fallow Deer roaming around in front.
Nearby we stumbled across the ultimate farm animals; Cows. For us city folks seeing a herd of cows is when we really know we’re in the countryside!
This cow was trying to have a staring contest with me… I let him win though!
Considering our first attempt at seeing a castle failed, we pinned all our hopes of prancing around an old building like royalty on another castle nearby. So although I would’ve loved to stay longer to beat that damn cow in a staring contest, we had to make our way to Bernard Castle town to see… Bernard Castle.
About 15 minutes later, we arrived in Bernard Castle… the town, not the actual castle. Asking google for directions led us to a church, so we asked a human where the Castle was (and of course) got the answer “You’re in it.” Trying hard not to look like a silly tourist, I quickly added “No, the ACTUAL castle”. A kind but clearly drunk man sitting in front of a nearby pub shouted “The castle is behind the church!”. Relieved and now slightly embarrassed, we walked around the church to find… Bernard Castle. Just in front of it was a little park and a few quaint benches. It seemed like the perfect place to have a picnic.
Have you been to any castles in Durham? Which one was your favourite?