Details: Falconry in County Durham, northeast England

August 28, 2014
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GETTING THERE

Multiple airlines offer nonstop flights from Washington Dulles and BWI Marshall to London. Catch a train north from London King’s Cross station to Darlington, round-trip from $65. Best fares are on www.eastcoast.co.uk.

WHERE TO STAY

The Walworth Castle Hotel

Walworth, Darlington

011-44-1325-485470

www.bw-walworthcastle.co.uk

Bucolic surroundings plus two restaurants and at least one ghost (a wronged chambermaid). Ask for a room in the castle proper, not the hideous annex. Doubles from $115.

The George Hotel

Piercebridge, Darlington

011-44-1325-374576

www.george-ontees.co.uk

Tudor-era coaching inn perched on the Tees with a riverfront terrace. Bed and breakfast from $65.

WHERE TO EAT

Hansard’s

In Walworth Castle Hotel. Stylish but informal, serves locally sourced food such as Hadrian Heritage beef and fish from South Shields on the River Tyne. Entrees from $14.

Blagraves House

30-32 the Bank, Barnard Castle

011-44-1833-637668

www.blagraves.com

Owner-chefs Ken and Elizabeth Marley make the most of the excellent meat, game, cheese and mushrooms from Teesdale and North Yorkshire. The setting is 17th century, with fruity wood paneling and (if it’s nippy) open fires. Entrees from $25.

Crosslanes Organic Farm

Cross Lanes, Barnard Castle

011-44-1833-630619

www.crosslanesorganics.co.uk

Sheep graze on the roof, geese careen down their own water slide. Inside, there’s home-cured bacon and wood-fired oven pizzas with local cheese and shakes made from organic milk and organic chocolate. Entrees from $10.

WHAT TO DO

Walworth Castle Birds of Prey

Walworth Castle, Darlington

011-44-7815-756386

www.walworthcastlebirdsofprey.co.uk

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except Tuesday and Thursday, March 29-Nov. 9. Falconry display $8; Hawk Walk $58; Hunting Day (lunch included) $200.

Washington Wetland Centre

Pattinson Road, Washington

011-44-191-416-5454

www.wwt.org.uk

Summer hours, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily; winter, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission $15.

INFORMATION

www.visitnortheastengland.com

D.R.

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