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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
Attributes: Easy
Former Railway
Cycle Route
Start: NZ100494 - Lydgett's Junction, Consett, Durham View on StreetMap
Finish: NZ408584 - Roker beach, Sunderland, Durham View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Sustrans - Consett and Sunderland Railway Path


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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 31, 307, 308
OS Explorer Active 31, 307, 308

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Route Profile:

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

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