Free classes on Sunderland’s rare landscape

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GROWN-UPS are being invited to go back to class for the day to discover the delights of a rare landscape.

Day schools will take trips out to a host of locations across Wearside and County Durham, as part of a programme to help people find out more about the history of the magnesian limestone and the rare species it is home to.

The events include a geocaching session, which will begin at the Hetton Centre on Friday, May 18, an introduction to the limestone at Quarrington Hill, near Durham, on Thursday, June 14.

There will be a mystery bus tour on Friday, June 29, which will begin at Penshaw Monument.

All courses are free and part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), with booking essential.

For more information, contact the organisers on 383 4076, or email

More information on the project is available at

The partnership is supported with a £1.9million grant from the HLF, plus another £925,000 in match funding.

It supports a host of projects to help conserve the character of the limestone plateau, which covers the eastern part of County Durham and parts of Sunderland, South Tyneside and Hartlepool.