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The county of Durham covers about 950 square miles and lies between two
great rivers, the Tyne and the Tees, in the North of England to the east
of the Pennines, with Yorkshire to the south and Tyne and Wear to the
north. The land slopes down from the rugged hill farming country in the
west to the North Sea Coast. County Durham’s administrative centre is the
city of Durham which gets its name from the Saxon word Dunholme – from
the Anglo Saxon ‘dun’ meaning hill and ‘holme’, an island in the river,
which exactly describes the location of Durham Cathedral stands – on an
sandstone bluff in middle of the river Wear.
The landscapes of Durham are dramatic and varied - from the precipitous cliffs of the North Sea Coast, through the industrialised landscapes of south and east, to the rugged stone walled moorlands stretching away westwards along valley of the Tees. County Durham can offer walkers opportunities to match those of the North Yorks Moors and the rivers Tyne and Wear have bags of potential for any fisherman.
The economy of the whole region was once all about coal, but now the mines have closed and redundant pit wheels are the only reminder of the former preeminence of the coal industry. The Beamish Museum near Stanley offers a glimpse of what life was like in the pit towns villages that once dominated the landscape. Now sheep and dairy farming underlie the economy in the west of the county, whilst chemical and steel production plays a significant role in the more industrialized south and east.
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