Geography of Durham
Durham county lies on the North Sea between the Tees and Tyne rivers. The county
seat is Durham, the site of one of England's finest Norman cathedrals. The region
is low-lying along the coast, rising inland to the Pennines. The Pennines mountain
range, known as 'the backbone of Britain', extends roughly 260 km from the Cheviot
Hills on the Scottish border to the Peak District in Derbyshire. The range consists
of a series of upland blocks, separated by transverse valleys, such as the Tees,
Aire, Wensleydale and Wharfdale.
A large portion of Durham county is devoted to agriculture, with dairy farming
being one of the important industries. The other industries are concentrated
along the Tyne and the Tees Rivers, with shipbuilding and coal mining sited
along the Wear River. This geography brought prosperity to the region by allowing
easy trans-shipment of goods and raw materials. The Wear River rises near Wearhead
in the county of Durham and enters the North Sea at Sunderland.
Durham city is strategically located on the sides of a hill, nearly encircled
by the Wear River. It was this geographic characteristic that originally made
Durham an attractive settlement and strategic location. Even today, the views
from Durham over the Wear River and beyond are just spectacular.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County
Swallow Three Tuns Hotel
Ramside Hall Classic Hotel & Golf Club
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full list of hotels and online booking