Written for those who find delight in the unexpected treasures to be found in the wonderful region of Durham and Teesside.
With its year round beauty and drama, ranging from street art reflecting the industrial heritage to sculptures proudly overlooking some of the best scenery and beaches in the country the region cannot fail to stimulate and as the industrial eyesores of the past fade away the area just gets better and better for outdoor types.
All of the attractions in this book can be reached without crossing muddy fields and provide an enjoyable form of gentle exercise, with hopefully, a little mental stimulation.
No expensive clothing is required, though suitable footwear is advisable and a copy of a good street map for the region may be useful.
There are plenty of places to visit and picnic in stunning surroundings whilst getting out in all seasons.
Some of the attractions are well known, but hopefully the majority will be new discoveries, and even better, none of them cost any money to see.
As borders and boundaries seem to be in a constant state of flux and to create a compact area I have concentrated on the County Durham, Cleveland and Teesside areas as well as postcode designations.