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Lanchester is a small village in County Durham, eight miles west of the city of Durham. With its graceful church, cosy pubs and family-run shops, it is an excellent choice for visitors looking for an authentic life experience in rural County Durham. There are many fascinating historical sites in and around Lanchester. Just outside the village, the foundations of a Roman fort cover almost six acres of land. Stones from the fort were used to build All Saints’ Church, which features a magnificent Roman altar and dates back to the 12th century. The unspoiled countryside surrounding Lanchester is crisscrossed by footpaths and bridleways where walking, wildlife-watching and horse-riding are popular. One of the prettiest routes starts in the village and follows a disused railway track through the valley of Smallhope Burn to the Roman road and fort with breathtaking views of County Durham’s woods, hills and fields.

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Holiday cottages in Lanchester are ideally located for discovering the sleepy villages and bustling market towns that dot the countryside of County Durham. Neighbouring Chester le Street is well worth a visit. It has independent shops, great places to eat, and an excellent heritage trail to the town’s magnificent arched viaduct and other historical landmarks. A short drive east from your holiday cottage in Lanchester, the city of Durham is not to be missed with a vaulted, Romanesque cathedral and magnificent 11th-century castle. As well as being packed with impressive architecture, Durham is home to many of the region’s best restaurants and cosy, old pubs.

Self-catering holidays in Lanchester are also perfectly positioned for making day trips to the wild cliffs and dunes of the Durham Heritage Coast and the lonely hills of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is also a great variety of family attractions in and around Lanchester, including Diggerland Durham, Hall Hill Farm and Beamish Museum.