Skip to page navigation | Using this site

Consett and Sunderland Railway Path

42 km / 26 miles

A multi-user route based on a disused railway line, much of the route follows the line of the former Stanhope & Tyne Railway, Britainís first commercial railway built in 1834, which was finally closed in 1985 following the demise of the Consett steelworks.

Going west to east it is generally gently downhill and passes Hell Hole Wood, managed by the Woodland Trust, the Beamish Open Air Museum, the Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre at Washington and in Sunderland the Stadium of Light, with its artwork trail, to end at Roker beach and the North Sea.

The route is marked on OS mapping, as National Cycle route 7, part of the C2C cycle route from coast to coast.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Attributes: Easy; Former Railway; Cycle Route; Coast-to-Coast; Sculpture/Art
NZ100494 - Lydgett's Junction, Consett
View on StreetMap
NZ408584 - Roker beach, Sunderland
View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Sustrans - Consett and Sunderland Railway Path


You can use the interactive controls to zoom in and out and to move around the map, or click on a path or a marker for more info. (interactive map help)

Show Connected Paths
Related Paths
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Other Paths

Show Accommodation
Hostel Accommodation

  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 88
OS Landranger Active: 88
OS Explorer: 31307308
OS Explorer Active: 31307308

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path Along Path
Hostel Accommodation: Hownsgill Bunkhouse And Tea-rooms < 1 Km < 1 Km

Connected Paths:

Related Paths: Durham Railway Paths
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Derwent Valley Walk; Great North Forest Heritage Trail; Lanchester Valley Walk; River Wear Trail; Waskerley Way; Weardale Way
Click to show 3 more Paths Marked on OS mapping
Other Paths: Bede's Way; Durham Round; Stephenson Trail


GPS Exchange Format Route File: Consett & Sunderland Railway Path GPX Exchange Format Route File Login to Download
(Members Only)
MemoryMap Route file: Consett & Sunderland Railway Path Memory Map Route File Login to Download
(Members Only)
Tracklogs Route file: Consett & Sunderland Railway Path Tracklogs Route file Login to Download
(Members Only)

Route Profile:

42.2 Km (26.2 miles)
317 m (1,040 ft) ascent
269 m (883 ft)  maximum height