Chester le Street in County Durham is an ancient market town in the Vale of Durham. ‘Chester’ was the name of the Roman fort that once stood there, while ‘Street’ refers to the Roman road which ran through the town. Chester-le-Street lies on the banks of the River Wear, seven miles south of Newcastle on Tyne and eight miles west of Sunderland. It has kept its identity as a traditional County Durham market town, with markets held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Wander into the town centre from your holiday cottage in Chester le Street and you will find a wide range of stalls selling everything from collectibles to fresh produce from the surrounding countryside. In the town centre, there’s a variety of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Chester le Street is home to the renowned Durham County Cricket Club, a world-class sporting venue which also hosts concerts.

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Self-catering holidays in Chester le Street are popular among history enthusiasts, who visit from far and wide to explore the town’s extraordinary landmarks. A good way to see the town is to follow the clearly marked heritage trail. Alternatively, walk the seven-mile Cuddy’s Corse, a scenic trail which starts at St Mary and St Cuthbert Church and continues all the way to Durham City. The church is famous as the former resting place of St Cuthbert and was the site of the first translations of the Gospels into English. It also has a rare surviving anchorage which is considered one of the finest in the country. Other landmarks include Chester Burn Viaduct, which is 230 meters long with 11 magnificent arches, and Lumley Castle, which stands on the eastern bank of the river, overlooking the town centre. Holiday cottages in Chester-le-Street are perfectly positioned for making day trips to the Durham Heritage Coast and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.