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6 things to do in Piercebridge, County Durham

Piercebridge Organics share their guide to a perfect day in and around the village that's home to historical wonders and captivating country walks.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 17.12.2022

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Introducing Piercebridge. A beautiful, peaceful County Durham village that’s home to historical wonders from Roman times and captivating country walks to blow off those cobwebs.

But at the heart of the village is Piercebridge’s farm shop – Piercebridge Organics. A 300-acre multi-award-winning organic farm with local livestock produce from dairy to beef as well as fresh fruits, vegetables and an onsite cafe serving up fresh tea, coffee and delicious meals to go.

The Hodgson family have been cultivating the land since 1964, so it’s safe to say that they know this village inside out. So, that’s why we caught up with them to find out the top things to do in Piercebridge.

Want to make a weekend of it by staying in Piercebridge? Here are some self-catering recipe ideas.

START YOUR DAY OFF THE RIGHT WAY

Prepare for your day of exploring by paying Piercebridge Organics a visit. Fill your flask with freshly brewed coffee, grab a sausage roll and treat yourself to cake before your day of adventure.

After a full day of ventures, we don’t blame you for not wanting to cook. So why not have a night off by buying a Piercebridge Organics ready-made meal? Our favourite is the Piercebridge chicken pie finished with their homemade apple crumble – a perfect way to end a perfect day.

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PIERCEBRIDGE WALKS

 

 

 

Piercebridge Circular Walk

Distance: 1km (0.6 miles)

Time: 10 mins

Postcode: DL2 3SG

A short, easy circular walk of around half a mile takes you to the historic site of the Roman Fort and a stunning stretch of the River Tees. This is ideal for all abilities and is perfect for those of you who don’t like braving the cold but want some fresh air.

Piercebridge to Gainford

Distance: 13.8km (8.6 miles)

Time: 3 hrs 5 mins

Postcode: DL2 3SW

If you’re wanting more of a challenge explore this 13.8-km circular trail. This trail is great for hiking and walking and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring so expect a peaceful stroll along the River Tees.

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Low To High Coniscliffe Circular Walk

Distance: 11km (7 miles)

Time: 2hr 20 mins

Postcode: DL2 2JX

This beautiful walk along farm tracks and bridleways has superb views. The route takes in sites steeped in history, including High Coniscliffe where several bloody 8th-century murders in Viking England took place.

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THINGS TO DO IN PIERCEBRIDGE

Piercebridge Roman Fort

This is one of the most historic places in County Durham where Romans were here from about 70 AD until at least the early 5th century. Travel back in time and take a fascinating look into the Roman history of Piercebridge. The fort was strategically placed to control the crossing of the road over the river Tees and the major Roman bridge crossing it.

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Thornton Hall, Darlington

Distance: 3 miles

Built around 1550 Thornton Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Darlington. When you visit the gardens you’ll find fabulous flowers, secretive areas with quirky and unusual benches, seats, statuary and sculptures.

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Raby Castle, Darlington

Distance: 10 miles

Medieval Raby Castle, home of Lord Barnard’s family since 1626, includes a 200-acre deer park and walled gardens, complete with an adventure playground, shop and tearoom.

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To find out more about Piercebridge Organic Farm, their farm shop and visit their websiteFacebook page or Instagram 

Piercebridge Organic Farm, Piercebridge, County Durham DL2 3SE

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