Angel's Way Short Walk: Beamish to Chester-Le-Street

This walk is part of the trek The Angel's Way : Seaton Sluice to Chester-le-Street.

This final stretch of the walk starts at Beamish and follows cycle paths through countryside and villages into Chester-le-Street town centre alongside Chester Burn, finishing at St Mary and St Cuthbert;s Church one of the many churches on the pilgrim walking route.

Technical sheet
No. 18432019
A Urpeth walk posted on 12/01/22 by sarahhcfe. Update : 20/05/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h00[?]
Distance Distance : 6.89km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 10m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 136m
Highest point Highest point : 149m
Lowest point Lowest point : 12m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Urpeth
Starting point Starting point : N 54.877443° / W 1.658401°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.855844° / W 1.572165°
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Description

(D) From Eden Place Picnic Area, cross the road and take the path to the right, after a short distance this will branch to the left and then join the Consett and Sunderland Railway Path/C2C Cycle Path. Follow this cycle path first in an easterly direction and then the path turns southeasterly direction passing under the A693.

(1) The cycle path will then turn easterly again after crossing the bridge over Station Lane and will then pass the Old King Cole Sculpture.

(2) After about 600m you will reach a path which crosses the cycle path, turn right, there should be a long building to your right as you walk down this path towards the houses. When you reach the houses, cross the road (Elmway) and follow the footpath between the houses (Ashleigh). When you reach the road turn left into Elmway.

(3) There will be a public footpath sign on your right, ignore this and turn into Maplewood. Follow this road which will bend first to the left and then after ?? to the left again. On this corner there are public footpath and cycle path signs.

(4) Follow the public footpath down the steps and through the woodland until you emerge on Pelton Fell Road.

(5) Turn left and then immediately left again, away from the road up a dirt footpath. Follow this footpath which follows Chester Burn. The footpath will then pass under the main Eastcoast Mainline Railway. To your right will be a Tesco supermarket.

(6) When the footpath reaches the road (North Burn), turn left and walk alongside Chester Burn and then the market place. At the crossroads, cross straight over into Picktree Lane.

(7) At the mini roundabout, turn left and follow the road into Church Chare, continue until you reach St Mary and St Cuthbert's Church (A).

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 148m - Eden Place Picnic Area
1 : km 4.14 - alt. 56m - Old King Coal Sculpture
2 : km 4.79 - alt. 55m - Track Junction/Long Building
3 : km 5.08 - alt. 51m - Maplewood
4 : km 5.55 - alt. 36m - Public Footpath/Cycle Path Signs.
5 : km 5.68 - alt. 27m - Pelton Fell Road
6 : km 6.28 - alt. 15m - Car Wash
7 : km 6.5 - alt. 13m - Mini Roundabout
A : km 6.89 - alt. 22m - St Mary and St Cuthbert's Church

Useful Information

Transport: You can park at either Eden Place Picnic Area or at one of the town carparks near the end of the walk in Chester-le-street, you will pass a number of them at (7) . The Go North East buses 8 and 28 link Chester-le-Street Market Place with the Gate stop outside the Shepherd and Shepherdess pub opposite the Eden Place Picnic Area.
Facilities: There are public toilets in Foundry Lane car park in Chester-le-Street and St Cuthbert's Walk Shopping Centre. There are numerous cafes and takeaways in Chester-le-Street and the Shepherd and Shepherdess near the Eden Place Car Park serves food.
Accessibility: This route follows cycle paths and mostly paved surfaces apart from (4) to (5) which has a large number of steps. To make this route fully accessible, once you have seen the Old King Coal Sculpture (1), turn back towards Station Lane and take the paved path to your left. At the bottom go straight ahead. You will eventually reach Station Lane, turn left and continue until you reach Front Street, then turn right. Continue down Front Street, this will join Pelton Fell Road (5). Instead of taking the path to the right of Chester Burn, stay on Pelton Fell Road, go underneath the viaduct and pick the path up again at (6).

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Beamish Museum
  • Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert

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