If you go down to Rookhope today you're sure of a big surprise If you go down to Rookhope today you'd better go in disguise For every scarecrow that ever there was will gather there for a certain because Today's the day the scarecrows have their picnic...
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Dovecotes, also known as pigeon lofts or culverhouses, were probably introduced to the UK by the Normans, and provided a nesting house for pigeons, which could then be domesticated and farmed on a large scale. In the Middle Ages only the lords of the Manor and the monasteries were allowed to keep…
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Q  Why has Weardale got so many waterfalls? A   Its geology.  300 million years ago the North Pennines, which were then located near the equator, were covered alternately by shallow tropical seas and river deltas, resulting in alternate layers of the bones of sea creatures, mud and sand being…
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Spring would not be Spring - in Weardale - without the visit of Spring Lambs... They bounce, they jump, they fit through the fence, dodge cars and cause havoc, but we love them... (with mint sauce!) - only joking. Apologies to our vegetarian friends.
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Sheepfolds The questions you were too scared to ask... Surely sheep are claustrophobic (or is that agoraphiliac?) and would not go into a sheepfold unless they were being bullied by a sheepdog? We are used to seeing sheep out in fields in all weathers and assume that is the natural way…
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Following centuries of lead mining in the North Pennines there are areas where plant life is sparse due to lead contamination of the soil.  These include areas around old smelter chimneys and former crushing and washing plants, on spoil heaps and along transport links, such as packhorse routes…
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Wor Netties (Trans: Our outdoor earth closets) In Weardale the last netties, or earth closets, were replaced by indoor toilets connected to either mains sewerage or septic tanks in the 1950s and 1960s.   However, there are still a few well preserved netties to be found up in the hills next to…
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