2019_12_07 Darlington

Leader : Michael Brownbridge.          Distance : 8 miles

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Michael reports :-

Today 19 club members set out from the outskirts of Darlington for a local walk inspired by our involvement with the Discover Brightwater project. Heading along Green Lane and over the railway bridge at Glebe Road we followed the lane past Skerningham Manor to Low Skerningham. Here we took advantage of a couple of benches and stopped for morning coffee. We then meandered along the muddy permissive paths through Skerningham Plantation and over the fields to reach the River Skerne at Ketton Bridge. Here we stopped for lunch at the old packhorse bridge which was on the old Salters Lane which was the route used to transport salt from Hartlepool. We then walked past Ketton Hall which was where the well known Durham Ox was reared. Passing through Little Ketton Farm we arrived at the pretty little village of Barmpton and crossed over Darlington Golf Course to arrive back at Sparrowhall Drive. Of course no walk would be complete without a visit to a local hostelry so we headed to the Shuttle and Loom.