The picturesque village of Lanchester, 8 miles west of Durham City, proves a fabulous spot for anyone who enjoys walking and cycling. Follow the idyllic Derwent Valley Railway Route east towards the outskirts of Durham, or cycle west on the Waskerly Way route towards the rolling countryside of Weardale. Northumberland National Park and Hadrian’s Wall, for those who love history, are just a short drive away.
Longovicium (Lanchester Roman Fort)
Southwest of Lanchester, on the Roman road Dere Street, lies the Roman auxiliary fort, Longovicium. The fort, which is traceable to AD 140 and spans almost 6 acres, sits between the forts of Vindomora (Ebchester) and Vinovia (Binchester) and would have accommodated 1,000-foot soldiers and cavalry.
Stone from the fort, which has been well-preserved, contributed to the construction of All Saints' Church, which features a Roman altar in its porch. Several altars have been discovered close to the fort since.