The Beamish Circular

Start and Finish

Eden Place Picnic Area, just off the A693 between Stanley and Chester-le-Street. Take the first left after the roundabout signposted for Beamish

Description

A walk of medium length, approximately 7-8 miles through woodland, across fields and includes 2 stretches of road walking along narrow country lanes.

The Walk

Leave the car park via the entrance. Cross the road and follow the path to the right to join the Consett/Sunderland cycle path, part of the C2C route.

Continue down the cycle path through the tunnel ahead and proceed to where the footbridge goes overhead. Here, branch off the cycle path to the left.

Buster, Dori and Cooper

Go up the steps, and veer left and then immediately right down some steep steps.Ignore the path leading off to the right halfway down and continue to descend.

At the end of the steps, where it starts to level off, veer left and cross Beamish Burn via the footbridge and turn left at the top.

New style seat in Beamish Wood

3 Amigos

Leave the car park via the entrance. Cross the road and follow the path to the right to join the Consett/Sunderland cycle path, part of the C2C route.

Continue down the cycle path through the tunnel ahead and proceed to where a footbridge goes overhead. Here, branch off the cycle path to the left, up the steps, and veer left and then immediately right down some steep steps. Ignore the path leading off to the right halfway down and continue to descend.

At the end of the steps, where it starts to level off, veer left and cross Beamish Burn via the footbridge and turn left at the top.

 Beagle Boys

Walk in this direction for approximately 70 yards until you see a stile on your right going up into a coniferous part of the wood. Follow this clear path until it eventually reaches a minor road and turn left down the road and immediately right up the bridleway at the bend in the road. 

This path will be inevitably muddy after wet periods and in the Winter months so your feet must be appropriately clad.

The path reaches another bridlepath, turn left down it and proceed past a large pond where you might see a heron or even some swans to reach a stile on your right.

 

Continue up through this 15 years old plantation and cross the stile and follow the path to the right, into the recently planted Hedley Hall Wood and walk ahead to reach a clearing, almost a crossroads of paths.
Turn left and follow the path up the field to reach the car park at the top of the wood. Turn left down the road and follow it until it reaches the A6076.

Hux

Autumn

Turn left and walk down for approximately 200 yards to enter the Causey Arch picnic site to the right. Continue down through the car park, and enter the woodland. When the path forks, go down to the right and follow the path over footbridges crossing the Causey Burn until the Causey Arch itself is reached.

 

Footbridge over Beamish BurnApproaching Causey Arch

Go up the steps to the right and turn left, crossing the arch and turn right at the end crossing the railway track.

 

Causey Arch

 

Proceed to follow the path as it undulates before levelling alongside the track before crossing it, after about 30 yards, take the left fork and cross the track again following the signs for the Causey Mill picnic area.

The path goes up the hill through a field and then descends to cross the A6076 again. Follow the path after crossing the road as it skirts the farm, cross the second stile (if there is cattle near the stile and you don't want to go past them, follow the diversion A at the foot of the page) and turn left down steep steps to cross Beamish Burn over a small footbridge to enter Causey Mill picnic area.

Walk up the road to join a country lane and turn down once onto the road, turn left along another lane and B continue until you reach Beamish Burn picnic area on your right. Walk through the small car park crossing the footbridge, turn right and then left up the steps into the wood. Follow the path as it leads through the wood before reaching a crossroads of paths, turn left and immediately right along the wide path as it goes through the heart of the wood.

After going through a gate, after approximately 80 yards, take the path to the right where it joins the Consett/Sunderland cycle path and turn left. Follow the path and some amazing metal cows come into view after the tunnel totally natural poses, almost everyone who comes across these think they are real, including my dogs who just stood there and waited for me for backup.

Opposite the cows, a path cuts back and to the left going up a slope and this leads back to the car park.

A

Diversion

If you turn back at the sight of cattle, walk along the the path to the left of the A6076 until passing a small farm on the left. Just after this, take the footpath left, up a small bank.

Go over the stile and proceed ahead, over another stile and left, down to a farm track. Continue down this track until a minor road is reached. Turn left here, and walk down the road, over the bridge and turn right along another minor road. The walk resumes now at point B.