Athens meets the North East: Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument from afar

Winter walking is the best; keeping wrapped up from head to toe whilst admiring nature at its most vulnerable point of the year. I opted for a chilly and rather breezy walk up Penshaw Monument last week.

National Trust, Penshaw Monument

The North East definitely boasts beautiful countryside and this National Trust attraction, close to me, is one that I love visiting. It keeps me super fit as the steps up to the top are always fun to try to run up, I dare say I am rather exhausted once I get there.

Walking up Penshaw Monument

The view from this 70-foot high folly is simply incredible as you can see far and wide for miles and miles. For an even better view, head down between Good Friday and the end of September as you can then climb the spiral staircase in one of the monument’s pillars and enjoy a roof top view.

Penshaw Monument silhouette
Inside Penshaw Monument

Once you’ve walked around the monument you can also head to the forests. This just offers a longer walk and with more variety.

What do you make of Wearside’s much loved landmark?

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