Bright blue skies and sunshine – check! In February!?!
Time to make the most of it and where better for a bracing walk than Herrington Country Park.
With stunning views, ponds and sculpture trail this is a gem of a place to visit.
We came across four seats based on the seasons that were commissioned by Sunderland Council and made by collective Strata that really made us smile.
The swans and their grown signets were out in full force along with plenty of ducks and moorhens.
Trying not to get blown away we walked up to the Site Lines stone circle where you can look out through the different openings that frame points of interest including Penshaw Monument itself.
After that we deserved a treat. Which is where Penshaw Tea Room came in. With a well priced selection of light bites and – be still my heart – lush homemade cakes there’s something for everyone.
The Mr opted for a bacon buttie and I had a slab of caramel shortbread with coffee. Portions were generous and it was very tasty indeed.
The bonus of this cafe is the fantastic view of the Monument and we’ll definately be back in the warmer weather to make the most of the picnic tables on the lawn.
The site boasts a nursery and a butchers selling fresh produce, most of which comes from local West Rainton Farm so you’re covered for take-homes as well. What more could you ask for!