Beautiful Teesside

black labrador, dog, hiking, Teesside, walking

Wednesdays and Fridays are my days off.  Fridays are taking up with housework and the “Friday Big Shop” but Wednesdays I like to take my dog Jack out for a nice walk somewhere, somewhere different from the cycle track near my home where I have to walk him on the days I’m at work.

Today we parked up at a little hamlet called Girsby and did a 5.8 mile walk around the “Sockburn Loop”.  The area of Sockburn does have a little bit of a legend surrounding it:-

According to legend the brave Sir John Conyers, a Norman knight who came to England during the Conquest, slew the man-eating Sockburn Worm (dragon) that terrorised the good people of the neighbourhood. In return for his act of heroism the lands of Sockburn were awarded to the Conyer family and a grand hall was built. A tradition followed whereby the falchion, the sword that killed the dragon, was presented to every incoming new Bishop of Durham as they entered their new bishopric for the first time. The tradition ceased for about 200 years until its reintroduction in 1984. The ceremony takes place in the middle of Croft-on-Tees Bridge and the falchion is kept on permanent display in Durham Cathedral treasury.

One of England’s greatest poets, William Wordsworth, also spent several months at Sockburn Farm near to the hall where he met and courted his future wife Mary.

Along the way I took a few pics:-

Some teeny tiny daffodils – so cute

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A dog and Dawn selfie – and no, I’m not trying to stick my tongue out to look like the dog – that’s my concentration face (I don’t usually do selfies!!!)

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Girsby Bridle Bridge

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View from the bridge of the River Tees – see it’s not all industrial 🙂

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View high up at Girsby All Saint’s Church down to the bridge and river

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This was all just a 10 minute drive from Yarm-On-Tees.

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