Travelling around Peterlee
Peterlee is a New Town located in County Durham in the north-east of England. It offers the ideal base from which to explore the local area, being close to the rolling countryside of the wider county and a major city like Sunderland.
Peterlee is one of the few towns in England to be named after a specific individual. In this case it is Peter Lee, the celebrated Durham miners’ leader. Perhaps the most striking feature of the town itself is the Apollo Pavilion, a bridge that links two parts of the town and was constructed in 1970 in a cubist, concrete style.
Peterlee has good road links to the wider community via the A19 and A1086, and Arriva buses can be taken to places, such as Durham, Sunderland, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.
The fact that it is close to the coast means that Peterlee is within easy travelling distance of a number of beaches. Denemouth South forms the meeting point of three different nature reserves and, as a result, attracts large numbers of birdwatchers. Horden is a shingle beach that offers bracing walks along the top of the adjacent cliffs, while Easington Beach is a small cove of sand and shingle which is a popular haunt for fossil hunters.
Sandwiched between the A19 and the A1086, you’ll find Castle Eden Dene. This nature reserve is the largest area of semi-natural woodland in the north-east and has remained relatively unspoilt due to its position at the bottom of a deep ravine. Today, it is the site of several walks that give access to more than 450 species of plants and allow visitors to enjoy the unspoilt scenery.