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Beamish to Tanfield Railway and Causey Arch

Event Details

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  • Meeting Time: 10:30
  • Approximate End Time: 16:30
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Coronavirus / Covid-19

Following recent changes in government advice regarding Covid-19 to avoid all non-essential travel and maintain social distancing, all walks and other activities are cancelled until further notice.

We will continue to review the situation in line with guidance issued by the government.  Further information can be found here, and will be udpated in due course.

General information

An easy 8 mile walk starting above Beamish Museum and walking over the surrounding countryside towards Tanfield Railway and Causey Arch. There are few inclines and it should be mostly flat walking. Parking is at the Eden Place Picnic Area on the lefthand side when you turn off for Beamish Museum on the A693. Just before the The Shepherd & Shepherdess Inn.

We start the walk just above Beamish Museum which is an open-air museum located at Beamish, near the town of Stanley, in County Durham, England. The lane which we take towards Beamish Hall leads us through the edge of the Museum close to the old Farm House.

After we leave the Museum behind we have Beamish Golf Course and the Beamish Hall. The hall itself has, like Beamish Museum been used in many period dramas over the years.

Next we head towards Tanfield Railway is a 4 ft 8 ¹⁄₂ in standard gauge heritage railway in Gateshead and County Durham, England. Running on part of a former colliery wooden waggonway, later a steam railway, it operates preserved industrial steam locomotives. This may possibly be the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat.

Once you have gained your strength back we will head towards Causey Arch which is the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world, and a key element of the industrial heritage of England.

Terrain / Difficulty

Easy Walk

Approximate Distance

8 miles

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