Leader : Elaine Anderson. Distance : 10 miles
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Elaine reports :-
10 walkers set out from the Co Durham village of Hett. Though the village is mainly a dormitory commuter settlement these days, it’s origins lie in farming when agriculture required manual labour and the housing stock was either farms or cottages for agricultural workers. As mechanisation gathered pace in the 20th century and the higher wages of the industrial North East lured people away some dereliction set in around the 1930’s. However after a building resurgence in the early 1970’s the village was extended.
One of the most interesting features of the village is the Village Hall, which is a converted Nissen hut which was purchased by the army in 1962 with contributions from local residents. Regular use over the initial 50 years left it in some disrepair. However with the help of a grant the Hall has been restored and continues to be the hub of the community.
Another pretty feature is the duck pond set at the end of the wide grassy green.
A varied terrain of field paths, tracks, roads and dismantled railway brought us back to Hett where looking back over the fields we glimpsed the impressive Burn Hall.
Post walk drink was enjoyed in the Coach and Horses in Croxdale.
Our thanks to Ann Barber who found and recced the walk but was unfortunately unable to lead it today.