Leader : Elaine Anderson. Distance : 10.5 miles.
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Elaine reports :-
Despite the risks of being hit by golf balls across 3 fairways, being run over crossing the A66 by-pass and suffering heat stroke,
I’m pleased to report that the 11 walkers who set off this morning, returned unscathed.
A varied walk close to home we were led astray from our intended path to view the Middleton St George “Water park”.
Who knew there was such a pretty area to walk around and enjoy? Well, not the leader! A very pretty diversion, thanks Gary.
Middleton St George is also famous for its railway heritage.
On 10th October 1825 it saw the first regular passenger train over the Stockton & Darlington Railway and first *unofficial use of the station.
In 1887 the Station closed to passengers and in 1964 the station closed completely. (*there were no official stations in 1825.
Passenger trains were provided by independent coach operators who purchased a licence from the railway company to enable them to operate on the line.
Tickets were therefore sold by local publicans and so it has been claimed that the Fighting Cocks public house, a coaching inn located adjacent to where the railway crossed Rykeneild Street, could be the oldest station booking office in the world).
Post walk drink enjoyed in the sunshine, outside the newly furnished Devonport Hotel.