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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
Easy; Former Railway; Cycle Route; Coast-to-Coast; Sculpture/Art
NZ100494 - Lydgett's Junction, Consett, Durham
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NZ408584 - Roker beach, Sunderland, Durham
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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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42.2 Km (26.2 miles)
317 m (1,040 ft) ascent
269 m (883 ft)  maximum height