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Penshaw Hill

Offering fines views to the North Sea, Durham and as far north as the Cheviot Hills, Penshaw Hill is a landmark that is visible and recognisable throughout the North East of England.

Once an Iron Age hill fort it has latterly become home to Penshaw Monument, the Greek temple replica built in 1844 in honour of John George Lambton, the first Earl of Durham.

Also synonymous with Penshaw Hill is the local legend of The Lambton Worm, one of the area's most famous pieces of folklore, which tells of the battle between John Lambton, an heir of the Lambton Estate in County Durham, and a giant worm which had been terrorising the local villages.

Part of the famous song associated with the story, tells of the Worm wrapping itself seven times around the Hill.

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