Penshaw Monument is a National Trust property in the North East of England. It’s a familiar sight for people who live here as it’s visible from miles around. It isn’t a day out in itself, but you can pair it up with another activity nearby, like the North East Aircraft Museum, or, if you want to make the most of your NT membership you could visit Washington Old Hall.
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.
At the top of Penshaw Monument, on weekends only between Easter and September, you can climb up a hidden staircase in one of the pillars and get even higher, for even more spectacular views. We didn’t go up because Noah found my purse at home and took all the cards out, including my National Trust membership card! Oops!
Note that you don’t need a membership to visit the monument – you only need to show your card if you want to go up inside the pillar to the roof.
When we visited there were two brown cows and a calf at the bottom of the hill. Although the calf had a tag on its ear, I think it was quite a young calf, because the placenta was on the path a short distance away from the trio. Noah began moo-ing as soon as he saw them, but James insisted they were horses. So funny; how does that happen?!
We had such a gentle time here; it felt great to be outdoors. James found a stick and sidled up to dogs he saw to see if any wanted to play with him. At last, a dog owner said their collie would prefer a ball, and they let James throw the ball a few times for the dog to eagerly fetch.