Durham’s Hidden Spaces – Beaurepaire

Join us as we discover hidden green spaces in our blog series

We're in Durham for our hidden green space this month, this time it's a ruined manor house in a former deer park

At Move the Masses HQ we’re always keen to find new green spaces to explore, if you know of a spot near you let us know, we’d love to hear about new places! 

One of our Durham volunteers has explored this area with her family a few times, so we’re delighted she shared it with us. This is the eleventh blog in our series – check out the others here. Don’t forget to let us know if you visit anywhere new as a result – we always love to hear from you! Likewise, if you have anywhere you think others should know about, please get in touch and we’ll feature it soon: hello@movethemasses.org.uk  

Happy exploring!

The path heading right from Tollhouse Road
Joining the Lanchester Valley Railway path from Tollhouse Road/ Auton Stile
Two children running along the Lanchester Valley Railway Path
Heading along the Lanchester Valley Railway path

How to find Beaurepaire…

These ruins and grounds are a short walk from Bearpark village. 

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On street car parking is available in the village. There are bus routes running from Durham to Bearpark

It is dog friendly, and families often picnic and play in the grounds. Access is during daylight hours.

There are two walking routes that pass close by:

The Lanchester Valley Railway Path (12 miles)

The Way of Light Walk Heavenfield- Durham (45 miles)

Our volunteer recommends visiting the Truly Scrumptious tea room nearby for refreshments.

Did you know…

Beaurepaire translates as ‘beautiful retreat’. Bertram de Middleton commissioned it as a lodge ‘fit for royalty’ whilst he was the Prior at Durham (1244-1258). This is probably why it is often mistakenly identified as a priory. It was indeed used by Kings, during their campaigns against the Scots. It was badly damaged in October 1346, by the Scottish army before they were defeated the next day at the Battle of Neville’s Cross.

Noticeboard about The Way of Light route from Heavenfield to Durham, there's a stile to the right
Information board about The Way of Light walking route
The short, steep hill up to the ruins
The short, steep hill to the ruins
Looking out over the countryside from the path
Looking out over the countryside from the path
The ruins of Beaurepaire manor house
The ruins of Beaurepaire manor house

Beaurepaire is maintained by Dream Heritage C.I.C. They hold Volunteer Days on the first and third Saturday of the month, weather dependent. Check out the Beaurepaire (Bearpark) Volunteers Facebook page if you’re interested in getting involved. 

Don’t forget, if you decide to visit as a result of this article, please take a photo and let us know!

You can tag us on @move.map on Instagram, or feel free to drop us an email: hello@movethemasses.org.uk 

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