Journey and Places
Specialty Travel Sunderland Railway line. Around right here was the Consett Steelworks that closed in 1980 after round 140 years. The Consett Iron Firm was established in 1864 as an enterprise successor to the Derwent Iron Company of 1840. Previous to this the population of the village of Consett had been less than one hundred fifty. At its peak in the 1960s the works employed 6,000+. Before complete closure the rolling mills closed in the 1980 there were 3,seven-hundred employed by the British Steel Corporation (nationalisation had come throughout a earlier Labour Authorities’s time period of office). Margaret Thatcher’s government saw in Consett’s closure step one in their technique to revitalise British industry on the premise that Consett was outdated and cost comparatively more to run than neighbouring Teesside, sited close to the Tees. They had a degree, Consett’s iron ore was transported by rail from Tyne Dock up a tortuous sequence of switchbacks in specialised wagons that dated back several a long time, and will solely be operated by a vacuum fitted locomotive, where most railway locomotives had been air braked. To look at the realm now, you’d hardly guess it was a centre of industrial activity on the scale achieved by the mid-1960s. There’s an industrial property, actually, however the heaviest manufacturing is on Medomsley Street where a spread of snacks is made under the model identify of ‘Phileas Fogg’!
You possibly can walk this 26 mile route (42kms) or cycle it. If walking you might want to make an early start, and it might not be sensible to park a automobile at the Metro Centre when you plan to make an in a single day break at the halfway point. if cycling the route can be completed in round five or six hours. Also, the route finishes a number of miles from the start point, so it is advisable get your transport organised earlier than setting off.
Beginning on the Gateshead Metro Centre turn proper onto Handy Drive, and proper again onto Cross Lane, passing underneath the railway bridge. Take a right flip onto the Nationwide Cycle Network route 14. This length of the route is Keelman’s Manner and it wends into Derwenthaugh Park, linked in turn to the Derwent Walk Nation Park. This location was the site of the 20th Century coke works. On passing Blaydon Tennis Membership, posts marked with white circles mark the pink kite path. A bit of means on from a viewpoint bridge go Thornley Woodlands Centre, Lockhaugh Meadows and much Pasture Wetlands.
You have now handed the six mile level at the tip of the park. Flip left onto the traffic-free former railway path previous the Derwent Park Caravan and Camping Site. Make your manner for a brief spell along Burnopfield Highway before taking a proper fork into Derwent Stroll, which begins at a viaduct. There’s a gradual incline as it passes through peaceful woodland. Care have to be taken when crossing the B6310. Leaving the Derwent Walk cross Durham Roadand turn left on St Aidan’s Street, leading into Blackhill and Consett Park.
Route 14 indicators take you round Consett to bypass a steep climb on the narrow Park Street. On reaching the city centre comply with Route 7 indicators for Stanley. Trying in the direction of the Derwent Centre, zig-zag proper, left and right to Consett Medical Centre, then left once more and rejoin the visitors-free path over and alongside the A692. That is your sixteen mile ‘checkpoint’.
A long, easy descent brings you to the Lambton Worm. The C2C/Route 7 markers bring you by the Jolly Drovers public home to Bantling Lime Kilns – residence to the Common Pipistrelle bat – where scrub and tough grassland is dwelling to small animals that draw Kestrels. Greencroft Woodlands provides another resting place before coming to Annfield Plain where massive 2-10-0 9F steam locomotives pounded the long incline with their trains of 56 ton heavy bogie iron ore wagons with vacuum-fitted discharge doorways. There’s a well-marked public footpath here that forks right off the route you have been following. The Lambton Worm is 4 miles past Stanley. Look for a sandstone bridge dated 2001 with black iron railings above its sq.-portal tunnel. Having handed by way of the tunnel on the left is the Worm’s Tail. To see this best climb the subsequent bridge embankment and look at again.
Having reached the twenty-4 mile stage carry on over a railway bridge and at the next highway bridge above the Wheatsheaf public house go away route 7 by descending the bank and turning left alongside the North Highway cycle lane (on foot keep to the footpath, naturally). Past the Lambton Worm Resort at Chrester-le-Avenue watch for Station Highway to your right halfway alongside the city centre.
Largely the floor is tarmac or gravel pathway. Hybrid or Mountain Bikes are suitable, but road bikes are simply as good as the way is hardly testing. For walkers good boots are a must, and take waterproof overwear whether or not walking or cycling. Keep in mind that though on spring or summer season days it may be warm, winds in the region can seem to blow straight through you within the early or late a part of the 12 months, so wrap up warm.
Getting there by car park at/near your destination and make your means by public transport again to the start on the Gateshead Metro Centre. There are quick native buses between Gateshead Metro Centre and Chester-le-Street (verify timetables). Sustrans www.sustrans.org.uk
Refreshments along the best way at the Jolly Drovers, Leadgate, Consett, 01207 503994
Ordnance Survey Landranger map 88, Grid reference NZ 215-627
Excursions, diversions and days out:
Blaydon Burn Nature Reserve, from the Black Bull leave the B6317 Blaydon;
Thornley Woodlands Centre, Rowlands Gill, NE39 1AU, 01207 545212;
Beamish Open Air Museum, Beamish DH9 0RG, 0191 370 4000, closed November 2nd-January third;
Go to Durham:
The legend of John Lambton and the Lambton Worm that was caught as a ‘tiddler’ and grew to be a life-threatening monster. The Lambtons had been the local nobility who with the Joycey household would later own lots of the coal mines in Central County Durham until the establishment of the Nationwide Coal Board within the mid-twentieth Century.
The Legend of the Lambton Worm
The Lambton worm Purchase Now Consett Works, an epitaph to its time
Aerial view of Consett works 1975 – the shadow of closure moved close. Prices were high, profit low | SourceDave Bradwell fifty six ton ironstone hopper package, made up for Scalefour Society model railway exhibition | SourceBritish Railways 9F 2-10-0 with train of 56t ironstone hoppers at Pelton between Tyne Dock and Consett – the class was fitted with air pumps to operate the doorways on the fifty six ton iron ore wagons pictured above | SourceLocal area map, Consett and the proximity of the works to the city. British Steel was the only employer of any consequence | SourceAnti-closure protest march, 1979 – in Maggie’s sights even as she set foot in No.10. The works would not see out another yr | Source1980 – Closure! Many towns in the north had been faced with a downhill spiral after pit and works closures – factories built later on the location would never present the same employment prospects, although closure was long on the cards on price only | SourceDe-commissioned blast furnaces at Consett after closure in 1980. Great topic for photographic journalists, yesterday’s information for most, the center torn out of the group | Source1980s British Steel plants and their product, post -Consett closure | SourceSlag ladle wagon at Consett – in memoriam | SourceThe Lambton Worm struck once more! Solely the real monster might have had a blue rinse and was famous for her handbagging tendencies when cause lost. The history of steel-making at Consett that lasted lower than a century, wound up by the British Steel Corporation in 1980 because the sums not added up. Originally arrange in a favourable location, by the 1950s native supplies had petered out and every little thing had to be introduced in. Even transferring molten steel by rail from Teesside could not save the plant – the location is now more famous for exotic snacks.
Consett Iron Works in 1893: A contemporary description of the steel and iron manufacturing carried on at Consett steelworks throughout the Victorian Period” Purchase Now Related
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Specialty Journey show: none;”>sendingNell Rose 4 years ago from England
Isn’t it funny how we get the names of places! sounds just like the worm story was purely a typical fisherman saying, it actually was that huge! lol! fascinating tour and the photos have been wonderful too! voted up! nell
AuthorAlan R Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)
Thanks Nell, I just think the tragedy was the hundreds of jobs that went down the Swannie because BSC couldn’t think round the problem of transporting iron ore from Teesside’s ore terminal as a substitute of making an attempt to ferry molten steel in enclosed ladle wagons from Redcar to Consett.