Bike Touring Highlight
Includes a segment that goes up or down a series of steps
You may need to carry your bike.
Includes segments in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
Amy planned a bike ride.
April 4, 2020
At 15.8 miles (25.5 km), stage 2 is the shortest section of this Collection, giving you plenty of time to explore Durham before setting off.Today is defined by the Lanchester Valley Path which you’ll follow for almost the entire day as you ride to Consett. If you want to push your legs a bit harder, combine stage 3 to finish in Newcastle instead. First, head to Durham’s outskirts and cross the River Browney, passing Baxter Wood Farm Campsite. This is where you’ll join the Lanchester Valley Path, an extensive network of railway paths that once carried iron ore and coal through the valley. Leading through wonderful, peaceful countryside with no traffic in sight, this is a lovely section of the Three Rivers route. On the way, you can stop off at Beaurepaire and Bearpark to explore the mining ruins in the area. As with all paths, be considerate of other cyclists and walkers – there’s no rush after all. You’ll meet the River Browney on the edge of Langley Park village which has a few shops and cafes. You can also swap your bike for a digger or construction machinery here at Diggerland – an adventure theme park based around, you guessed it, diggers.Continue along the cycle path, heading slightly uphill along the River Browney. Look out for otters and fish which have thrived here since the closure of local industry.The path carves through Lanchester and curves to the west through rolling valley scenery. You can’t miss Hownsgill Viaduct, a striking bridge that towers above the treeline, as you ride into Consett. This small town boomed during the 19th century, when the Derwent Valley became the epicentre of British industry. Although it is now a sleepy residential town, it has everything you need here for a comfortable stay.
April 22, 2020