Sedgefield Area:

Sedgefield dates back to the 13th century, and is believed to exist as a Roman settlement. The 2-mile heritage trail nearby provides a wealth of history. With some good pubs and restaurants close by, the properties are in an ideal location for exploring the many visitor attractions from North Yorkshire to Northumberland or the Durham Coast to Weardale. Sedgefield is a bustling town and there is lots to do within walking distance.

Hardwick Park

A lovely park with lakes packed with ducks, swans, coots, moorhens and recently a heron. Stroll through the park and admire the natural beauty of the lake, woodland and wildlife. The visitor centre also has excellent facilities including an interactive display, education room, cafe and toilets. Wonderful park/grounds, very easy to walk around and lots of things for the children to look at, climb on and explore. Lots of places to stop and a nice picnic area. Wheelchair and pram friendly. There is a cycle path around the outside of the park. You can also head up to Bishop Middleham on your bikes which is a nice village with a pub.

Sedgefield Racecourse

There are often events at the racecourse. There is also a car boot sale every Sunday morning. To get the racecourse head left out the cottage, keep on the same road, as you head out of the village it is signposted left. (You will see it straightaway). It’s about a mile, but you will have to walk along the road.

Knotty Hill Golf Course

Located just outside the village, there are two 18 hole golf courses and a flood lit driving range. If you’ve never tried golf before, they will hire clubs, so go along and practice your swing! You can also have a game of footgolf, golf played with your feet. Brilliant fun!

Sedgefield Racecourse

There are often events at the racecourse. There is also a car boot sale every Sunday morning. To get the racecourse head left out the cottage, keep on the same road, as you head out of the village it is signposted left. (You will see it straightaway). It’s about a mile, but you will have to walk along the road.

Things to do around Sedgefield (all within an hour’s drive).

Coast

We are so lucky to have some fantastic beaches, the closet being only 20 minutes away. www.thebeachguide.co.uk. Personal favourites are Crimdon Park (great for dogs), Seaton Carew (great fish and chips and ice-cream) and Saltburn (Victorian town with working vernacular.) Head out of the village past the Co-op and head for Hartlepool on the A689.

For those wanting a whole day out, slightly further afield are Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay. Think tacky for Whitby with fish and chips and amusements, but an amazing Abbey and quaint narrow cobble streets for Robin Hoods Bay. They are both close to each other and both well worth a visit.

Country

Cycle route 1 is a 15 minute cycle ride from the village, then head left towards the Durham Coast or right towards North Yorkshire. Also great for dog walking. There is a free car park. Head right, there is a café 3 miles down the route at Thorpe Thewles.

Cleveland Hills

A range of hills on the North Yorkshire Moors. The Cleveland Way National Trail runs along the hills, which is part of Wainwrights’ Coast to Coast walk. Head to Helmsley, North Yorkshire to begin the walk. For a circular walk try Great Ayton incorporating Roseberry Topping – visit the North East’s highest hill. The walk is 4 miles long and the views from the top are fantastic on a clear day. Head down the A19 to Great Ayton.

Weardale

Head inland to the ruggedness and tranquility of Weardale. Here you will find one of England’s last hidden gems. Head to Hamsterley Forest (great for mountain bikes or walking) www.forestry.gov.uk/hamsterleyforest or the Weardale Railway in Stanhope. www.weardale-railway.com. You will also find England’s biggest waterfall, spectacularly dropping 70ft into a plunge pool below. www.highforcewaterfall.com. Head east out of the village towards Bishop Auckland.

Durham

The City of Durham With its world famous cathedral and castle, it really is a place you can not miss.

Close to Weardale, you can enjoy treasures such as Raby Castle and Bowes Museum, family home of the Queen Mother.

Beamish Museum

A great day out for any age it tells the story of the people of North East England during the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian periods. Go down a coal mine or visit terraced houses from a bygone era. www.beamish.org.uk. It is predominantly open air, so not a great rainy day option. We offer vouchers giving you 25% off admission. Please ask.

Hartlepool Marina

A great day out. Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, is a superb re-creation of an 18th century seaport and a fantastic place to visit for families. It brings to life the time of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar. Travel back in our maritime machine to experience how it was aboard a real British naval frigate, two centuries ago. Explore the historic quayside, featuring ‘Pressganged’, ‘Fighting Ships’, realistic period shops and houses and much more. www.hartlepoolsmaritimeexperience.com Tie it in with a trip to Seaton Carew beach and some fish and chips.