Guided walk through medieval gardens and woodland

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A GUIDED walk through centuries-old gardens and woodlands takes place on the outskirts of Durham City tomorrow.

Sherburn Hospital, in the tiny hamlet of Sherburn House, dates back to the 12th century.

The courtyard garden was laid out in medieval times, with later terraces and an 18th century outgarden, described by guide Martin Roberts as a fine early example of informal English landscape planting.

Martin’s 90-minute walk also takes in deep woodland further away from the buildings.

Anyone wanting to join the walk should be at the hospital by 2pm.

The hospital is east of Durham City off the A181, near the road’s junction with the B1198 Shincliffe Lane.

There may be a small charge for photocopying, and walkers are asked to email Martin in advance so he can keep track of numbers, at martin:@fleece.wanadoo.co.uk