Wharton Park

Wharton Park, Durham: Address, Phone Number, Wharton Park Reviews: 4/5

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Peter_Dawson791
Durham, United Kingdom10 contributions
A very pleasant way to spend 90 minutes
Sep 2021
If you are planning a visit to Wharton Park today you could sign up for our FREE Ranger Guided Walk, Natures Table, plants and their uses. Guided walks are taking place today Friday 17 September at 10am and 2pm.

My wife and I were alerted to this event by Facebook on the Friday morning. We were busy at the but as the event was something we were both very interested in we decided to join the walk on the last available time and having received a confirming email turned up at just before 2 pm.

At 2 promptly we were invited to go round the side of the building and go through a gate which led us to the side of the building – where we were greeted by Lee and Ken later joined by Coralie, who had laid out all sorts of fungi, fruits and books for us to look at.

After describing the books and their contents and chatting about some of the specimens available and warning us that the best way to be safe with fungi and other forageable plants, leaves and fruits was to consult more than one authority – as even experts occasionally differ – and people’s reactions to different fungi, fruits, roots and leaves, varies from person to person – so what might be safe for me to eat might well poison my wife – or even vice versa.

There were five of us guests on the visit on what was a lovely warm summer’s day. We learned such a lot about the different types of fungi, their habitats and how to tell the edibles from the ones best left alone – “it won’t kill you – but it could make you very ill” were the words used to describe some of our finds. The range of knowledge displayed by the rangers was very impressive not only for the recognition of the different types and how to find them but how to differentiate between safe ones and the others. The advice was “if you’re not sure” leave them alone, We looked at “fairy ring” fungi, boletus, horse mushroom, Inkcaps and many many more. We smelled some of them, prodded others to bring out their blue tinge on bruising, looked at the stems and learned that the largest living creature in the world is a fungus which goes from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific in the USA. The specimens we see are the fruits of the fungi and the spores they give off blow in the wind to aid their spread.

Interspersed with out discovery of the fungi we looked at many plants, their stems, flowers, seeds, and uses from coffee substitutes to rope making to medicines and of course for eating.
There were the obvious ones like apples, crab apples and blackberries but also some not so obvious ones which actually tasted very nice and which are grown in gardens for their decorative effects.

We learned that beech trees only produce reasonable nuts south of Wales and that northern hazel nuts are much bigger down south.

We smelled what looked like a roadside weed and immediately recognised it as carrot.

There was a lot of history, geography and botany imparted in a friendly and entertaining way.

After what I later describe as the best 90 minutes, I’d had in a long time we went back to the pavilion and after a brief chat and offering of thanks to our hosts we went our separate ways – my wife and I going to have a look at the community garden we often visit to pick up a few plants available for a donation.

It was a wonderful way to spend time in the park and when we next visit we’ll have very fond memories of our entertaining and engaging tour – now that we know which berries are safe to eat.

Peter Dawson
2021-09-19
Written 19 September 2021
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dawnie74
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK74 contributions
lovely park
Aug 2021
This is a beautiful park with lots to do and see. At least three separate play areas catering for different age groups. Clean toilets and cafe.
Written 21 August 2021
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SharonJT67
Durham, UK4,887 contributions
Great bit of tranquility in a city
Jun 2021 • Solo
Traffic was bad in Durham so decided to go on a wander and ended up in the park, was really quiet & came upon the community garden, what a brilliant idea, the garden was well maintained & they had some plants for sale, shame the park isn’t monitored as there were some troublesome lads around 13/14 destroying the bushes & throwing litter around, such a shame as it’s such a beautiful facility for families and a great haven for those who aren’t lucky enough to have an outside area at home. Plenty of play areas, including an outdoor gym & a multi use games area!
Written 16 July 2021
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Micky Apples
Durham, UK342 contributions
Brilliant park!
Jun 2021 • Friends
Always enjoy visiting this park.
Very good basketball/football court, great views of the city, outdoor gym, also great play areas for kids!
Written 19 June 2021
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Dr_Waugh
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK6,177 contributions
Lovely park
Feb 2021 • Family
A much needed escape from the house and a change of scene here. The cafe was closed, not even open for take out. But all of the park and fitness equipment was open and in use.

There’s a small court with fence for ball games. There are three play areas, one at the top of the hill for very young children right beside the cafe. There’s another further down the hill near the ball court with a zip wire. The final area is near the sports equipment at the top of the hill and it’s like a little assault course.

The children ran off some steam and we had a look at the views of the castle and cathedral.
Written 16 February 2021
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Michael N
Cheadle Hulme, UK3,630 contributions
Passing visit
Sep 2020
Arrived just before 5pm on a Sunday for a quick visit and car park charges still applicable.
Some nice views of the city but the viaduct is mostly obscured by trees so difficult to do much train spotting from the battery
Café and toilets all closed up, not sure if they had been open.
Generally pleasant for a walk through and to read the various information panels
Nice to go back after about 40+ years to bring back pleasant memories
Written 20 September 2020
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6Cash2603
Edinburgh, UK63 contributions
Lovely little park
Jul 2020 • Friends
Lovely little park, much smaller than we originally thought but still fun for the girls. Views are spectacular!
Written 12 July 2020
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SharonJT67
Durham, UK4,887 contributions
Exceptional park
Mar 2020 • Couples
Lived in Durham for years & driven past this many times, unaware of its existence. Today we left the car parked up & walked all over Durham & were delighted by many of our finds, this being one of them. What a beautiful park, well maintained (recently restored) & something for everyone, the battery lookout affords fantastic views of the cathedral & castle, it’s a hidden gem but could be a great day out for families or couples, there are some steep walks but they’ve made it accessible for prams & wheelchairs if you’ve a bit of stamina. History lesson too as the first miners gala took place here attended by around 5,000 people back in 1871, the park takes its name from its founder William Lloyd Wharton & is a scenic & tranquil haven, brilliant & inexpensive (free to access, unless you’re parking onsite at £1/hour), take a few nibbles & make a day of it, the kids will love it if you leave the technology at home!
Written 1 March 2020
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Micky Apples
Durham, UK342 contributions
Excellent park!
Jul 2019
Excellent park with great views of the Cathedral & City.
Also has a very good basketball court which doubles as a five-a-side court.
Two separate play parks for kids, an outdoor gym, cafe, community garden, and access to Durham Rail Station.
Highly recommend this park for a great day out!
Written 12 September 2019
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pmorris99
Seaham, UK1,144 contributions
Wonderful park in the heart of Durham
Aug 2019 • Family
Must have driven past this park 100 times and never bothered with it. Went in with a young relation on bank holiday Monday and was pleasantly surprised by how good it is. Good parking which you have to pay for but very reasonable. Lovely modern cafe and toilets and 3 separate children’s play areas , lovely gardens and walks. Will be back soon . Highly recommend
Written 25 August 2019
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