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Without car in Durham?

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Without car in Durham?

My wife and I are planning a 2 day stop in Durham in October. We love rail travel and hope we can get by without a car. Will be allright? I'd also like to visit Esh, home of my great-great-grandfather, and hope I can take a taxi there. Any comments welcome.

We'll be staying at the Lumley in Durham. This is our second trip to Northern England and can't wait!

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1. Re: Without car in Durham?

Do you mean Esh Winning? You can get a bus from Durham. Go to:

http://www.arrivabus.co.uk

and search for Durham, then click to get to the number 43 bus. During Monday to Saturday daytime, its every 20 minutes.

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2. Re: Without car in Durham?

When you say "Durham" do you mean "County Durham" or "Durham" the city?

In the latter case it's best NOT to have a car in the former a car would make things much easier as public transport in the area - especially to a place like Esh (or do you mean Esh Winning?) isn't much fun and will generally mean 2-3 connections.

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3. Re: Without car in Durham?

BTW Esh does exist - it's an EXTEMELY small village to the north of Esh Winning

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4. Re: Without car in Durham?

When you say the Lumley, do you mean Lumley Castle, which is not in Durham at all but near Chester-le-Street?

If you are staying at the castle then you will probably need a car.

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5. Re: Without car in Durham?

My education is apparently just beginning! In answer to your very quick questions: Yes, I do refer to Lumley Castle (which they market as though it were Durham). As far as Esh...I always heard of it as just Esh, but it could well be Esh Winning.

Thanks so much!

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6. Re: Without car in Durham?

To see where the hotel is go to

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/

and search for

NZ288510

that is the Lumley Castle hotel. It is walkable from Chester-le-Street although there is probably a bus service along the road past the entrance. (The blue squares are 1 km).

Durham is a few miles to the south along the A167 or the railway. Esh Winning is on the same road between the two.

The nearest station to the hotel is Chester-le Street but it doesn't have as good a service as Durham.

If you can change your reservation then try for a hotel in central Durham - the Marriott is very well located. Tell the Lumley Castle that they are misrepresenting their location if they say that they are in Durham City!

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7. Re: Without car in Durham?

<<< Esh Winning is on the same road between the two. >>>

Oh no it isn't, Esh Winning is on a "B" road several miles to the west of Durham, Lumley Castle is about a mile east of Chester-le-Street which is several miles north of Durham

See http://tinyurl.com/25xejx

BTW Lumley Castle do not say they are in Durham - http://www.lumleycastle.com/aboutus/locationandmap.htm - they do however say they are in County Durham - http://www.lumleycastle.com/aboutus/contactus.asp

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8. Re: Without car in Durham?

Sorry, you are right - the p;roblem with trying to remember where places are from memory and getting Esh mixed up with Pity Me!.

I suspect that the difference between the City and County of Durham causes great confusion to those who don't know the area!

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9. Re: Without car in Durham?

Hi Aldo,

Chester le Street is the central point of a triangle linking Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland. By bus you are looking at approx. 20 mins from the centre of Chester to Durham bus station, 35 mins (very traffic dependent!) approx. to Newcastle City Centre and approx. 45 mins to Sunderland.

check out http://www.nexus.co.uk

If you click on the area maps on the nexus website - use the Washington/Houghton le Spring map and Chester le Street is on that along with Lumley Castle - so you can get your bearings!

Chester le Street parish church (since you're in the area!) - is over 1100 years old and St. Cuthbert's body was held there on its way to Durham Cathedral - hence the church's name "St Mary's & St. Cuthberts". They also have an Anchorage (now a museum) which makes for a fascinating little tour - since it will be on your doorstep when staying at Lumley Castle!!

visit their website and click on the History link!

http://www.maryandcuthbert.org.uk

Enjoy your visit to the area!

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10. Re: Without car in Durham?

if you can stay in durham city centre you can get by without a car. hotels include the royal county, the three tuns, and numerous b&b's & small guest houses.

lumley castle hotel is about a mile outside of chester-le-street ,about 6 miles from durham (we've been to weddings there and it is an experience to be staying in a genuine castle, apparently haunted!) so you'd rely on taxis which can be quite expensive.

if you stay in durham city centre you'd have everything on your doorstep, pubs,restaurants,theatre,shops,castle,cathedral etc.....

also the bus station is where you can hop on a bus to get to either Esh Village or Esh Winning or both! they are about 3 or 4 miles apart. Esh only has a few houses, a pub and i think post office (i have friends who lived there) esh winning has more pubs , shops etc and is a lot bigger (we also have friends who live there!)

they are both former pit (coal-mining) villages as is sacriston where i live.

you could try the library to gain information about your gr-gr-grandfather. i bet he was a pitman though. both of my grandfathers were.

have a great trip

cheers tom

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