Things to see and do at Penshaw Monument
Penshaw Monument is a striking landmark of the North East and a symbol of home to those who live in the area. In 1844 it was built in memory of John George Lambton. Although it was designed to look its best from a distance, it’s definitely worth a closer look.
You can park off the main road at the bottom of Penshaw Hill. From here there’s a network of paths which take in the whole site including Penshaw Wood. However, it’s hard to resist heading straight up the steps to the Monument.
Standing on top of the hill, there’s a fantastic panorama of the North East. If it’s a clear day you might be able to see as far as the Cheviot Hills 50 miles away, or spot the spire of Durham Cathedral to the South.
In Spring and Summer you’ll find a wonderful display of wild flowers which carpet the hill and quarry slopes. A delicate and colourful contrast to the imposing structure of the monument. Look out for a variety of insects and butterflies in this diverse grassland habitat. There’s also the old limestone quarry on the North side of the hill, which is a good place to spot birds feeding amongst the trees.
The stepped shape of Penshaw Hill is attributed to local legend - the Lambton Worm. The giant monster is said to have wrapped itself around the hill ten times.
Whether you come to marvel at this grand design, appreciate the wildlife or simply stop for a picnic and enjoy the view. Penshaw Hill is well worth a climb.