Gibside is one of the most beautiful places I know in the North East. It’s a National Trust property so it’s quite expensive to get into, but it really is a wonderful place for a day out.
If you’re feeling brave and have a few hours to spare, there’s walks that’ll take you through farmland and woodland down to the river, or you can always just sit along the Avenue (the main stretch of land at Gibside’s heart) and have a picnic.
A personal favourite is the Orangery, a ruin that has flowers popping up inside of it. When it’s a beautiful day, the place is so tranquil that you really can feel that you’re miles from everywhere.
Summer has been a little bit of a dud this year, I know, but if you do happen upon another few sunny days then it’s worth giving the place a go.
If nothing else, you’ll be stepping away from technology, from mobile phone signals (!!) and modern life for just a little while.
This is a bit of a short post, I know, but I just really wanted to share with you all a place I love.