(As per usual, you should be able to click on the picture to make it much bigger and right click to copy it if you want it for your own use)

It was the bus and then the Metro to start the day and meet up in Sunderland. It was cold and sunny to start, but it looked like a great day as we wandered for breakfast at The Lambton Worm, passing the Sunderland Empire on route.

Sunderland Empire Theatre_1

The Lambton Worm Sunderland_1

We set off and entered Barnes Park’ a lovely renovated piece of greenery in the city and walked past lakes, trees and an Edwardian bandstand. Time for refreshments in ‘The Barnes’, now a Toby Carvery with one of the party sampling the Yorkshire pudding and baguette combo on a giant plate – enough to feed an army! There were real ales and I sampled a Black Sheep to start the day.

Barnes Park_1Start of the walk_1Edwardian Bandstand Barnes Park_1 There was now a gentle climb up a green corridor out of the city and leading us towards our destination of Penshaw Monument.

The green corridor Barnes burn_1

This was thirsty work and we pulled into The Stackyard pub, which served a delicious pint of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord. Leaving here there was more steady climbing until our goal was in sight.

First sighting_1Penshaw Monument was looking good in this bright light and as we got closer we could see more and more detail and the nearby lake.

Penshaw Monument in sight_1

Penshaw Monument_1

Penshaw Monument1_1

We all gathered to the south at a modern folly closely resembling Stonehenge, but did not climb to the to just yet.

Ready to climb_1

It was time to sample the ales in the pretty village pub nearby, surprisingly called ‘The Monument’. It seems that Taylors Landlord is popular around here, which meant I was forced to sample another just to see if it was as good as the last pub and I assure you it was!

The  Monument Pub_1

Now it truly was a case of onwards and upwards! The climb up to the monument itself. I will let the pictures tell the story.

The climb up_1

The climb up2_1

On our way_1

There she is_1

Monument through the trees_1

Finally we were all at the top. Personally when I first came to the North East in 1971, I remember seeing this and on many other occasions, but had never actually walked to the top. Left it a bit late, but got there in the end.

All of us at the top_1

Finally here are some views from the top of Penshaw Monument.

View from the top3_1

View from the top2_1

View from the top_1

Take care everyone and see you all again in the near future hopefully.


About chaddersatlarge

Retired early and making the best of it. I like walking, photography and wildlife. I am also interested in local history and beer drinking.
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