There are some beautiful days out to be had, within an hour's drive away.

10 lesser-known villages and places to visit in County Durham - all within about an hour's drive from Sunderland

Looking for a day out somewhere you’ve never been, that’s not too far off?

We’ve all been exploring the beauty spots on our doorstep these last few months.

You may think you’ve been to every nice spot nearby that it’s possible to get to for a day out, but here’s a selection of some lesser-known places you might have missed.

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