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Broken Scar | Social Distancing Walks

Cows, ice cream and daisies… oh my! Broken Scar was certainly a walk to remember.

Broken Scar
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As recommended by one of Liam’s friends, I met up with him at Broken Scar in Darlington for another walk – and this time a picnic too. We took our own separate blankets and enjoyed a nice catch up over snacks.

Thankfully, the parking was a lot easier than at Cod Beck Reservoir but despite Broken Scar being so big, it was pretty busy. Granted, it was a weekend and over 20 degrees.

The area is a large meadow which sits by rocks and sand along the riverside.

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We took a walk through the trees which led us to a large, open, grassed area above the water.

Broken Scar
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Cows and Daisies

When we found a good spot, I noticed a herd of cows in the distance. After an hour or so, we packed out rubbish away into our bags and Liam picked me a daisy for my hair.

Broken Scar
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Many other people were sat in their own groups and some were having bbqs and picnics. Before we knew it, we looked up and saw the cows (around 30 of them) walking on the path we had taken, following someone. Not long after, they returned and certainly didn’t keep their 2m distance from us! They seemed quite friendly until one of the cows helped themselves to a picnic belonging to two women. It caused them quite a fright as the cow started sticking its head in their bags and chewing their plastic. Thankfully, a man from another group chased it away. I’m glad we kept our rubbish and food in our bags!

After what turned out to be quite a show, we headed back down the path for a sit at the picnic benches. It wasn’t always easy keeping 2m from others on such a narrow path but we tried our best.

Ice Cream

Broken Scar
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A Mr Whippy ice cream van had been parked in the car park ever since I arrived and I was craving a proper ice cream, as I hadn’t had a Whippy in months. Liam treated me to a 99 flake with blueberry sauce – it was just heaven in that heat.

Broken Scar
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After around 2pm, there was a police presence which was understandable considering how many people were arriving at the same area. So, we found a quiet spot on the rocks by the water and Liam took his chance to have a paddle and throw rocks while I watched from afar.

I would 100% love to return to Broken Scar because it was like a park and a beach rolled into one. But, it would be better on a less busy day.

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