Tuesday, 18 April 2017

40 by 40 | Update - climb to the top of Durham Cathedral

A couple of years ago I posted my 40 by 40 alternative bucket list - things I wanted to do before the big 4-0! Since then I've only posted one update but I've managed to cross a couple of things off the list, some more than once...

In May 2015 I climbed to the top of Durham Cathedral with a friend. The tower is over 66 metres high and has been in place in its current form since 1484. The weather was pretty grotty and once at the top it was very windy, but the views were spectacular and we could see for miles, although on a clearer day I'm sure the views would have been more impressive. It was great fun trying to peer into the prison, spotting where I used to live when I was at uni, and watching people milling around in the historic city below.

At the time of visiting it was £5 to climb the tower, but at the moment the tower is closed for renovation work. It's still well worth a visit to this beautiful building, where you can see the finished Lego Cathedral which is finally complete after three years.

I've always felt an affinity with Durham; my dad is from Durham and I went to university there (which was not a nice experience, but that's a story for another day!) I like to attend the Miners' Gala each year and there's nothing like walking along the banks of the river Wear on a sunny Autumn day!

Here are a few snaps from the day:

 Only 325 steps to the top!

 View of Durham Castle which is home to University College, Durham.

You can just about make out Penshaw Monument on the hill in the distance, which is about 9 miles as the crow flies (yes, I used Google Earth...) 

Here we have Durham Prison, which has in its time been home to such lovely folk as Rose West, Ian Brady, Ronald Kray and Raoul Moat... I've always wondered what it must be like living in the houses adjacent to the prison, which is smack bang in the middle of a housing estate...

And finally, this is where I used to live whilst I was in my first year at uni. Hatfield College. I'll say no more!


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  2. Found this really interesting Simone! Fancy doing this myself now. A family friend works in the prison and taught Rose West art! Also my uncle was in there (animal rights activist) & some serial killer took a fancy to him and gave him a potted plant! x

    1. My great aunt's first husband was in there too for killing his first wife!! 😨😨

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