An enjoyable place
Near the ruins of Finchdale Priory is a beautiful bridge across the River Wear. After crossing it, we found a sign telling us that we were in the Cocken Forest, where a number of sports and recreational activities take place. You can go hiking up to Sunderland or Hetton-Le-Hole, suggesting that a path once existed leading from the priory for trade (remember that monastic communities generated a lot of trade in the Middle Ages). Following the path, there are spots to stop and enjoy a picnic with spectacular views. At first the forest seems a bit sparse, but as you continue, it becomes lush with different types of trees, such as pine and chestnut. Look out for the thorns that can make the walk difficult!