Stanhope, County Durham 3.8.11 https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/ Stanhope, County Durham 3.8.11 Parked at the Durham Dales Centre in Stanhope. Parking Free ! Set off from here and head to the market place in Stanhope. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053860 134053860 A fossilised tree stump believed to be 250 million years old. It is situated in the church yard opposite the market place. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053861 134053861 Heading for the river banks the route takes us past some nice houses and gardens. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134052344 134052344 Railway bridge across the Wear. I believe a section of the track up Weardale has been reopened by railway enthusiasts . https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053744 134053744 Crossing the railway. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134055934 134055934 Stanhope Station. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053853 134053853 Nicole negotiating one of the many kissing gates. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053745 134053745 The path crosses over meadows next to the river bank. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053746 134053746 The River Wear. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053852 134053852 I was too late with the camera to catch in close shot a Herron flying over the river. ( It is there in the distance.) https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053747 134053747 A brief walk through woods on opposite side of river . The return on this short walk. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053854 134053854 The wood leading out onto open meadows. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053748 134053748 These sheep were so laid back (literally ) considering Bross was so close to them. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053855 134053855 This guy was a little more alert ! https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053849 134053849 We were joined on our walk for a while as they were so interested in Bross. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053856 134053856 I just missed out on a shot where Bross was up on his hind legs face to face with these two horses. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053857 134053857 Lyn and Nicole negotiate the stepping stones across the River Wear at Stanhope. Bross getting in the way not helping. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053858 134053858 Okay it's clear my turn ! https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053850 134053850 ....... Bross decides differently as he skipped across the stones to meet me. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053859 134053859 Returning to the Durham Dales centre to conclude the walk. https://raybradshaw.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134053851 134053851