Join Chris Lloyd, chief feature writer of The Northern Echo, on a guided walk exploring some of the railway-related history, artists and architecture of Darlington’s North Road area.

The route will include the Skerne Bridge (known to many as ‘the £5 note’ bridge), the world’s first railway pub, Chesnut Street, which was once part of Darlington’s fashionable Sunday perambulation. The walk will pass by the home of the Robsons (great Quaker botanists), Beethoven House (home of the musical Hoggett family), the rear of Edward Pease’s house (where artist John Dobbin grew up), the birthplace of poet Ralph Hodgson, the Bulmer Stone and into North Lodge Park, then through the arty area of Westbrook Villas.

Date and time: Sunday 17 May 10.30am-12.30pm
Venue: Circular walk from Head of Steam, Darlington DL3 6ST. Meet in car park on Station Road (opposite McNay Street) at 10.15am. Please note, there will be very limited parking in the area because the Vintage Vehicle Rally is taking place at the museum
Cost: Free
Booking: Booking required
Contact: To reserve a place, please email