Walks in Teesdale
County Durham is the only county
in England to actually have "County" in its name, which, it is
believed, owes its origin to old postal area descriptions and was to
distinguish it fro the city of Durham.
Overall, the County owes its
historical prosperity to lead and coal mining, remnants of which can still
be seen, farming and the heavy railway industry.
The "Durham Dales"
include Weardale and Teesdale. Indeed at one time, the River Tees marked the
border with Yorkshire, so some of my walks would then have been listed under
the Yorkshire Dales!
To date, all my walks in Co.
Durham explore Teesdale, which is beautiful and fully deserves to be
included as part of the North Pennines Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty.
One thing you might notice in
Teesdale is that, perhaps unusually, many of the farm buildings, even if
constructed of stone, are painted white. This is because they all belong to
the Raby Estate owned by Lord Barnard. Two explanations have been put
forward. One is that the white painted
buildings indicated places where his Lordship might get hospitality. The
other is that it made it easier for his rent collectors to identify where to
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